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PREVIEW 2018

MIDWEST

ABOVE & BEYOND

The Preserve at Oak Meadows Raises the Bar

UPPER HANDS

Sage Run, Northern Michigan’s Newest Sensation

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Head to Hawaii, a Golfer’s Paradise

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Contents

Make Your Voice Heard 40 Help Us Pick Golftime’s Best of the Midwest Awards

Things Are Looking UP 44 Stellar Sage Run Adds to Upper Peninsula Golf

Whistling Straits

52 Magical Maui

Paradise Found on Hawaii’s Gorgeous Golf Courses

84 What’s Hot to Hit

Check Out 2018’s Sweetest Sticks and Finest Fashions

Publisher’s Note

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70 The First Tee

Bump & Run

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76 Pro Golf Preview

Featured Courses

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102 Midwest Select

Instructor’s Corner 24 Rules of the Game 29

92 That Escalated Quickly Clubmaker PXG Has Taken Golf World by Storm

Your guide to Chicagoland and surrounding area golf

112 The Back Nine

ON THE COVER: The Preserve at Oak Meadows, photo by Charles Cherney.

Photo by Nile Young Jr.

Green With Envy 30

The Preserve at Oak Meadows an Environmental Showpiece

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Editor’s Note

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Charles Cherney Nile Young Jr.

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hange takes time, effort, and action, spurred by urgency, inspiration, or just inertia, the simple stagnation that keeps us in one place as the world passes by. But as the saying goes, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” More than anything, 2018 — and this issue — is devoted to change, to reinvention, in the industry we cover, the game we love, and even right here, in the pages you hold in your hands. Don’t worry, we’re not reinventing the wheel here, folks. But you’ll notice we do have a new look and feel in this issue, with a freshening of our fonts, features, and the overall flow of the magazine, which we’re now calling Golftime Midwest. We hope you like it, and we think there’s plenty to like about this special Preview 2018 Issue, starting with our cover story on page 30. It’s about a course that’s reinvented itself in amazing new ways, the Dupage County Forest Preserve’s aptly named The Preserve at Oak Meadows. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to a great golf package called The Big Fore, but it might need a reinvention as the Fab Five soon, with the addition of the sensational new Sage Run. Read all about it starting on page 44. We transport you to the magical isle of Maui with our travel feature this issue, starting on page 52. It’s a place full of spectacular beauty and some great golf, and the perfect place to reinvent yourself — or at least readjust your world view. You can reinvent your game with some of the gear in the 2018 Equipment Preview, starting on page 84. It’s a great lead-in to our feature on a master of reinvention, Mr. Bob Parsons. The former tech guru and GoDaddy founder is transforming the golf equipment industry with his own PXG line. Don’t miss our feature starting on page 92. And finally, our best new feature this issue has nothing to do with us, and all about you. It’s our Best of the Midwest Awards, and it’s up to you to help us pick the greatest courses, holes and much more. Visit page 40 for details, and then head over to www.golftimemag.com to cast your ballot. There’s even some great prizes up for grabs, including a weekend getaway to the phenomenal French Lick Resort. Share your voice, cast your votes today! As always, thanks for reading. While we might change, we hope you never do.

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Bump & Run NEWS & NOTES FROM THE WORLD OF GOLF

Photo by Nile Young Jr.

Course of the World (Golf Village): The King & Bear In the most star-packed pairing since De Niro and Pacino in the movie Heat, the Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer collaboration at the World Golf Village is a marquee matchup you won’t want to miss. Sprawling out over 7,279 yards near St. Augustine, Florida, The King & Bear features the best of both legendary players and architects. The front nine is open, links-style golf, while the The 360-yard, par-4 15th on the King and the Bear.

back nine winds its way through 200-year-old Florida oak trees and pines. But bring the big lumber with you: As should be no surprise on a course by Nicklaus and Palmer, there’s a premium put on power off the tee. Visit www.worldgolfvillage.com for more information.


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Terrific Twins Taking Shape

From Sunrise to Sunset, Big Things Brewing on Both Sides of the Lake The American Club, in Kohler, Wisconsin, is a golfer’s playground on the sunrise side of Lake Michigan. Just 85 miles northeast across the lake, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club is one of the Midwest’s most underrated Meccas, in Arcadia, Michigan. And they’re both getting bigger and better.

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Pete Dye is planning a fifth course at Kohler, working its way around 250 acres of wetlands in the process. The proposed course cleared a big hurdle with approval from the Wisconsin DNR and will be reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers early this year. On the sunset side, Arcadia Bluffs is nearing completion on its incredible new South Course, crafted by U.S. Open architect Dana Fry. The inland course, designed to be something completely different than its eponymous counterpart, is growing in nicely and plans a soft-open for preview play later this year. We’ll bring you a closer look in the Summer Issue of Golftime, but in the meantime please visit www.arcadiabluffs.com for more information. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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Forest Dunes, Oak Meadows Win National Awards We’re spoiled here in the Midwest when it comes to golf (not that we’re complaining). But it’s always nice to see our home courses get national recognition. Forest Dunes Golf Club, in Roscommon, Michigan, has earned a truckload of awards since it opened in 2002, including Best New Course by Golf Digest in 2016, for its “reversible” golf course, The Loop. But it was also named Best Golf Development in the world by Golf, Inc. for 2017, a testament to just how well the resort is run. (www.forestdunesgolf.com). While The Loop won it last year, Golf Digest’s Best New Course award stays here in

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the Midwest for 2017, going to sensational Sand Valley in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. The Bill Coore/ Ben Crenshaw-designed gem has plenty more in store, we’re sure. (www.sandvalley.com). Another Midwest course is making the competition “green” with envy. The new Preserve at Oak Meadows was awarded the 2017 Green Star environmental award by Golf Digest, for its work transforming the club into a sustainable community attraction. For more, visit www.dupagegolf.com, and don’t miss our cover story, starting on page 30. You can vote for your favorite courses in Golftime’s Midwest’s Best Awards. See page 40.

TopGolf, the incredible video game/driving range-on-steroids company we all know and love, is set to bring the “extra” to ordinary driving ranges, too. TopGolf is introducing Toptracer Range, built on the PGA Tour’s Protracer technology it purchased in 2016. It uses a series of cameras and monitors to turn average driving ranges into smaller versions of the fun emporiums found at TopGolf locations everywhere. Yes, please. Visit www.topgolf.com for more information. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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Prison Can’t Stop Golfer at St Andrews What would you do with your day release from prison for tax fraud? If you’re Donna Mackay, you play The Old Course at St Andrews, of course. Mackay, of Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, was put on day release two days per week of her four-year prison sentence for £850,000 tax fraud. But she made international news for posing on the famous Swilcan Bridge at St Andrews on her Facebook page. “Best day ever,” she posted. The Old Course is like that. So good it’s … criminal.

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TIGER WATCH­– We’re tracking the return of Tiger Woods, the golfer, and the new South Shore Golf Club project underway in Chicago:

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THE COURSE Not: Community concerns and red tape have sidetracked the new Tiger Woods Design project in Jackson Park, which is proposed to open in 2020 next to the Obama Presidential Library. No news is not good news in this case.

Top Photo by Nile Young Jr.

THE GOLFER: Hot: Tiger’s return to golf has gotten off to a scorching start, with a top-10 finish last December at his own Hero World Challenge tournament in the Bahamas. We can’t wait until Augusta.

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Arrowhead Golf Club ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB IN WHEATON, Illinois, is widely TEE STATISTICS known and recognized for its beautifully maintained course, excepSouth/East Yards Par tional views, and professional and dedicated staff. Red 4989 72 Arrowhead is a public golf course offering impeccable golf Gold 5542 72 White 6080 72 at affordable rates on three par-72, 18-hole layouts surrounded Silver 6347 72 by forest preserve. Tees, greens and fairways are bentgrass and Blue 6707 72 water comes into play on 17 holes. Practice on our lighted West/East Yards Par Red 4905 72 driving range, putting green, chipping green, and bunkers. Gold 5482 72 Arrowhead has become a favorite destination for golf outings, White 6166 72 fundraisers, weddings, and corporate events. Enjoy our new fleet Silver 6388 72 Blue 6643 72 of state-of-the-art golf carts, with a GPS system and USB ports. The South/West Yards Par facility includes banquet and meeting rooms, a pro shop, halfway Red 4939 72 house, and locker rooms. Pelican Golf Center, located on the lower Gold 5512 72 White 6084 72 level, provides state of the art club fitting and club repair. Silver 6360 72 The Arrowhead Restaurant & Bar—open daily for lunch and Blue 6622 72 dinner—features elegant dishes by Executive Chef Alan Pirhofer, hosts live music, offers extensive craft beer and wine lists, and boasts 15 HDTV screens to catch your favorite sports. Don’t miss the a la carte breakfast menu Saturdays and Sundays during the golf season. At Arrowhead, you can expect a country club feeling in a public setting and great golf, food, drink, and events every time. We are Arrowhead, and we’re ready to serve you!

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Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club OPENED IN JULY OF 1998 by Lockport Township Park District, Prairie Bluff Pulic Golf Club offers 18 holes of championship golf spread out over 237 acres of rolling terrain. Each of Prairie Bluff’s superbly manicured holes is framed by flowing TEE STATISTICS prairie grass which, along with 10 lakes, adds to the beauty and Yards Par challenge of the course. Golfers can warm up, or just practice, at Gold 7007 72 our 10-acre driving range, 10,000-square-foot putting green and Blue 6466 72 White (M) 6054 72 short game area complete with practice bunker. Prairie Bluff now White (W) 6054 72 offers permanent tee times on Saturdays and Sundays. Green 5326 72 Golfers and non-golfers alike will enjoy Prairie Bluff’s beautiful 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with a remodeled dining room, bar area and outdoor patio serving great food with outstanding service. The clubhouse also features video gaming located in its own friendly, private room. Moreover, the remodeled pro shop offers patrons the latest in equipment and apparel. Prairie Bluff is a perfect location for your next golf outing, banquet, wedding or any event. With room to accommodate 200 guests, our impeccable service will leave a lasting impression on all. Come visit Prairie Bluff today!

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Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Designed by Arthur Hills

OPEN SINCE 1999, Stonewall Orchard has quickly earned its spot among Chicago’s top public golf course facilities and has been named one of the state’s top courses by Golf Digest for the past several years. Stonewall Orchard is the current home of the Illinois PGA’s Section Championship and hosted U.S. Open qualifying in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2015. Designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills, Stonewall TEE STATISTICS Orchard is a true walk in nature and offers natural qualities often Yards Par associated with golf in the Carolinas. With more than 65,000 Silver 7124 72 mature pine and oak trees, the course features tranquil wetlands, Gold 6506 72 plenty of wildlife and nary a hole that parallels another, offering Gold/White 6202 72 White 6032 72 a very secluded experience. From the 4,968-yard junior short Turquoise 5375 72 course to the 7,124-yard, par-72 championship layout, each Junior 4968 72 hole provides its own identity and challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Offering the public a country club environment in a relaxed atmosphere, Stonewall Orchard is one golf course you’ll want to play time and time again.

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Instructors Corner

Improvement Starts by Elevating Your Mindset Understanding where to start is the key to success

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ping and putting green to work on the short game. The Elevation PGA pros use recent advances in golf science to help golfers understand the importance of club fitting and the science that shows sometimes the old adage “It’s the archer not the arrow,” isn’t always correct. But if you are looking for the latest and greatest in golf clubs, they have accounts with every major club manufacturer to find the best equipment for you. Elevation Golf uses the most up-to-date cutting edge technology currently available on the market. “Our golf swing technology includes: Foresight, V1 Swing Analysis, BodiTrak, Swinguru, KVest and Blast Motion,” explained Mike Mandakas, owner at Elevation Golf. “We train our players to increase clubhead speed while maintaining balance to make sure they maximize distance while staying in control.” Another factor that sets Elevation apart from traditional golf training facilities is its team of college recruiters. Elevation’s recruiting team is filled with previous and current collegiate golfers and coaches who have connections to colleges across the spectrum from DI, D-II, D-III, NAIA and junior college, throughout the country. “If you want to play college golf, we can find you a program that is perfectly suited for you,” Mandakas said. With all the extra amenities Elevation offers it is easy to see why it’s Chicago’s one-stop shop for everything golf. If you are interested in lessons, training, club fitting, membership packages or the college recruiting service, please visit www.elevationus.com or call 847.652.3293.

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Travis Becker is the Director of Instruction and Club Fitting for the Ironworks Golf Academy located in Beloit, Wisconsin. In 2015, the Wisconsin PGA voted Travis the Teacher of the Year, and was rated by his peers as one of Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers” in the state of Wisconsin. In 2016, Travis was also selected by the Golf Channel Academy to become the only lead coach in the state of Wisconsin. In addition, Travis has been recognized by Titleist as a Top 100 club fitter.

Chris Pytell has conducted more than 10,000 individual and group lessons since 1994. He enjoys instructing men, women, and junior golfers of all ages and levels, having transformed many junior players into competitive collegiate golfers. Because he believes that the learning process accelerates when golf is taught at a simple level, his lessons concentrate on the fundamentals of the game. Chris still plays in 10–15 PGA tournaments annually, believing that by maintaining his competitive edge he will help his students achieve their full potential.

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Rules of the Game

Land of the Lost (Ball) & Other Mishaps By John Morrissett

Situation 1: In stroke play, while searching

Situation 5: A player’s ball lies just off the

for his ball in the rough, a player accidentally moves it. He then plays the ball from its new location, finishes the hole, and tees off on the next hole. What is his penalty? A: No penalty B: Two strokes C: Disqualification

putting green. He may have the flagstick attended for his next shot. A: True B: False

his tee shot on a par 3, and Danny, who has not yet played his tee shot, asks Steve what club he just used. Steve replies “Six-iron.” What is the ruling? A: Danny loses the hole. B: Steve loses the hole. C: The hole is halved.

Answer: (b) Rule 18-2

Situation 2: Which one of the following pieces of equipment may a player NOT borrow from a fellow-competitor during the round? A: Tee B: Ball C: Club in a fellow-competitor’s bag Answer: (c) Rule 4-4a

Situation 3: Jack’s tee shot on a par 3 finishes

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in greenside rough. While playing his pitch shot, he double-hits the ball, which finishes on the green. He then two-putts. What is his score for the hole? A: 4 B: 5 C: 6 Answer: (b) Rule 14-4

Situation 4: In stroke play, a player’s bunker shot strikes the lip of the bunker, hits his fellow-competitor, and then strikes the player’s own golf bag. What is his penalty? A: No penalty B: One stroke. C: Two strokes Answer: (b) Rule 19-2

Answer: (a) Rule 17-1

Situation 6: In a singles match, Steve plays

Answer: (a) Rule 8-1

Situation 7: In stroke play, Adam starts his round with 14 clubs. After several threeputts, he grabs another putter from his car, which is parked near the 12th green, and uses that putter for holes 13-18. His procedure is questioned before he returns his scorecard. What is the ruling? A: He incurs two penalty strokes each at holes 1 and 2. B: He incurs two penalty strokes for holes 13 and 14. C: He incurs a total penalty of 12 strokes. Answer: (b) Rule 4-4a John Morrissett, Competitions Director at Erin Hills and former Director of Rules of Golf for the USGA, offers answers to the game’s great rules mysteries. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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On Higher

GROUND The Preserve at Oak Meadows Raises the Bar as a Course for the Community — and the Environment, Too By Don Shell ADDISON, Illinois — It’s faced fire over the years, and it’s faced more than a few floods, too. It’s been a victim of old age, outdated and outpaced by a game grown more sophisticated as the years went by. By most accounts, you see, ol’ Oak Meadows had seen better days. But the past, as they say, is prologue. And today, after careful planning, big ideas and a multi-million budget, the rebuilt, reborn, and renamed Preserve at Oak Meadows is living proof, in so many ways, that it’s never too late to be all you hope to be.

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Charles Cherney

It’s an unseasonably warm, sunny fall day, the kind of bright, late-season Saturday that’s such irresistible catnip for golfers everywhere. It’s a good day to end up in Addison, a (somewhat) slower-paced suburb in Chicago’s southwestern side, to get a sneak peek at the new Preserve at Oak Meadows. Pulling in to the parking lot, all that’s missing is a stately clubhouse towering past the putting green, temporarily replaced by a food and beverage trailer and a modest makeshift clubhouse. It’s a reminder of the disastrous 2009 fire that gave the Dupage County Forest Preserve a little pause, and gave it time to start thinking about the bigger picture for Oak Meadows. It’s also a reminder of the beginning for Austin Kopp, the Preserve’s clean-cut, mildmannered head professional, who started his career at the club not long before the fire. “I came on when we had the old clubhouse, so I saw the unfortunate events of the fire,” Kopp recalled. “But that’s really what led us down the path of truly taking a step back and saying, ‘Hey, what’s truly going to be best for the golf course?’ “We started looking at alleviating flooding issues and looking at what’s going to make this golf course that’s been here for 90-plus years, here for another 90 to 100 years.”

The old Oak Meadows was built in the 1920s as private Elmhurst Country Club, and it enjoyed moments of glory over the years,

PREVIOUS SPREAD: The Preserve’s sensational 16th hole. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Preserve’s 360-yard, par-4 12th. You’ll be lucky to reach the 562-yard, par-5 13th in two. The Preserve is home to a variety of birds, including the great blue heron. 32

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ingly called it, “Soak Meadows,” due to the frequent flooding of Salt Creek, which ran through its heart. Efforts to control the flooding ended up making matters worse, creating waterlogged fairways for days at a time. So following the fire, the Dupage Forest Preserve found it time to rethink the property entirely. They also found the money, to the tune of $17 million, to turn the old Oak Meadows and its nine-hole Maple Meadows

The toughest par 4 on the course, the Preserve’s 461-yard ninth flirts with the Salt Creek throughout.

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including Ben Hogan’s incredible Chicago Open victory in 1941. But the private club slowly slipped into obsolescence, and was eventually bought by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District in 1985, renamed Oak Meadows Golf Club and opened to the public. Like many of its peers in the Chicago area, the parkland layout was heavily treed and lightly bunkered, and the busy muni was a favorite among the locals, who teas-

East course into a singular showpiece for the community. They hired Chicago-area architect Greg Martin to handle the remodel, and tasked him with working with the environment, not against it. If Oak Meadows had learned anything over the years, it’s that if you can’t beat Mother Nature, you’d better join her. So they did. Martin and his team con-

sulted with drainage experts, hydrologists, the Army Corps of Engineers, and even the Sierra Club to come up with a viable plan for the 288 acres. The answer they found was to give the Salt Creek a wide berth during the rainy season, removing 1,500 trees, and planting and building in 35 acres of new wetlands along the way. “The tie-in with the wetlands has been WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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a really interesting part of the project, as well,” Kopp said. “You see the guys out there — there’s 300,000 hand-planted wetland plugs on the property — and seeing that continue, that’s been a cool, ongoing part of the process, as well.” All of that took time, however, and the facility shut down for two years from July of 2015 until it reopened for “preview play” late last year, before its grand opening this spring. The results were even better than expected. “Our ‘preview’ season went well, by all measures a success,” Kopp said. “We had a good problem to have — more golfers than we had tee times available, even on the weekdays. We had a lot of repeat customers coming back to us, but we had a lot of new visitors, too, so it was really cool to see. “It’s lived up to our expectations and exceeded them in a lot of ways, too. We were waiting for that first big flood event and sort of, put the tires to the pavement, so to speak, and really make sure it meets the test. We got tested in the spring and in July, and we got floods that would’ve closed the old Oak Meadows for a week or more and done damage. And it didn’t impact the playing surfaces really at all. It’s cool to see it do what it’s designed to do. “Looking forward to next year for what will be our Grand Opening and our ‘return to business’ so to speak.”

HIGHER GROUND, HIGHER CALIBER The result is a championship track that’s already earned its share of accolades, from critical word of mouth in the golf media, to even winning the 2017 “Green Star” environmental award from Golf Digest, for which Ron Whitten called The

The Preserve is a course for the community, and offers kayaking down the Salt Creek, and other outdoor activities.

By the Community, For the Community

The Preserve’s shared purpose is simply in its nature While the golf might be the focal point and garner much of the headlines for the Dupage Forest Preserve’s new Preserve at Oak Meadows, one aspect can’t be overlooked: The Preserve is one part upscale golf development and one big part nature park. “Golf is the driver of the property, but we refer to it as a golf preserve,” said Austin Kopp, the director of golf. “(At the Dupage Forest Preseve) We always think, ‘How can the courses function and assist the community around them?’ In our situation, it’s a recreational amenity, but there’s also kayak tours, fitness walks (later in the evening), we have a bike trail that comes in about a half-mile, in and out, where you get views of the property.” Indeed, there are plenty of natural amenities the community can enjoy around the 288-acre development, which re-routed the Salt Creek and rebuilt wetlands and habitats during its two-year construction. It’s closely tied in with many of the other Dupage Forest Preserve sites nearby, including the Salt Creek Marsh, Salt Creek Greenway and Salt Creek Park. “It’s great seeing our other recreational activities tie in, as well as other programs tie in that the Forest Preserve does, like bird walks,” Kopp said. “So there’s other things that even in our short preview season here that we were able to integrate and do, and that’s only going to continue as the course matures and as we get a new (clubhouse) brought back online, which is part of a big Phase II.” Visit www.dupageforest.org for more information. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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really had.” I was paired with two golf-crazy Chicago natives, John Searles and Pat D’Amico, who fondly remembered the former “Soak Meadows.” Both marveled at The Preserve’s new condition and character, and put the new club on par with some of Chicago’s best public offerings.

The tough-but-terrific 223-yard, par-3 10th hole.

CHALLENGE & TRIUMPH We played from just under 6,700 yards, a bit out of my comfort zone on a typical day, though a clip I found surprisingly playable. The Preserve, as it turns out, puts a premium on strategy, not just strength. “It’s a mix of forced carries, but we try to get people to the right tees so those forced carries aren’t so much in some areas,” Kopp said. “Hole 11 (a 435-yard par 4) is a good example of that, hole 16 (a fantastic, 355-

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Preserve “maybe the most important new course of the year.” But all of that would be for naught if the course didn’t live up to the expectations of the golfers, too. But fear not; Martin’s work blends the old with the new beautifully, preserving its past legacy on a championship track built for the modern era. “It’s fun to see a lot of the old course mixed in with the new course, but its truly a brand-new course and a better product,” Kopp explained. “Better irrigation, better bunkers and materials, better grasses. “On the playability end of things, now we truly have five sets of tees, and you’ve got the set of tees under 5,000, and you’ve got the set of tees over 7,000. So it’s playable from a lot of different levels, but a tough challenge from that back set of tees, which is something the old Oak Meadows never

yard par 4) is good example of that. There’s room to put the ball in play, but you’ve got to hit it to the right area. “I like 16, because when you’re on the tee it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of room to hit, but it’s actually one of our widest fairways. And it’s classic risk-reward, because as you get closer to the elevated green it narrows up quite a bit. Outside of (16), I enjoy the hole nine and 10 transition. You really go from what is our toughest par 4 in hole nine (a mammoth 461 yards), to our toughest par 3 in hole 10 (all 223 yards of it). So the competitive golfer in me really likes that transition because it’s a challenge.” The Preserve’s front nine preserved the parkland feel of the old Oak Meadows and Maple Meadows, while the back winds its

way through reclaimed wetlands, pushing you to play over and around the Salt Creek. “I also enjoy the part of the property that was the old nine-hole layout, which is holes two, three, four, and five,” Kopp said. “It’s two par 5s, a par 4 and a par 3 in that mix, and really showcases what was a really under-utilized part of the property, the old nine-hole course. Those four holes, and then the 15, 16, 17, 18 closing corridor — those are my two favorite sections of the course.” From front to back, The Preserve is a powerful new addition to the Midwest’s public golf scene, one that’ll leave you high, dry — and anxious to come back for more. Please visit www.dupagegolf.com for more information. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Wisconsin’s SentryWorld. Illinois’ The General at Eagle Ridge Resort. Michigan’s Treetops Signature course. Indiana’s Purgatory Golf Club. Minnesota’s Giants Ridge.

What’s the Best Course in the Midwest? o Arcadia Bluffs GC, Mich. o Whistling Straits GC, Wis. o Erin Hills GC, Wis. o Cog Hill G&CC, Ill. o The Dye Course, Ind. o Forest Dunes GC, Mich. o Other – Cast your vote online

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The Fab U.P.’s Popular ‘Perfect 4-Some’ Package Adding Fantastic Fourth Course By Dennis McCann

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the TimberStone course at Pine Mountain Golf and Ski Resort in Iron Mountain and Sweetgrass Golf Club at Island Resort and Casino in Harris are all splendid layouts that boast numerous “best course” awards from national and regional publications. TimberStone’s highest honor was a five-star rating from Golf Digest, which puts it in a rather exclusive group that also includes the likes of Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Whistling Straits. Now Island Resort, owned by the Hannahville Indian Community, is put-

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he popular U.P. golf package known as the Perfect 4-Some is about to become a fivesome. And if it’s possible for perfect to become something even better, that’s about to happen as well. Until now, the Perfect 4-Some referred to “Sweetgrass, Greywalls, TimberStone & you!” and offered golfers the opportunity to play three courses in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula at an attractive package price. Not just any courses, either, because the Greywalls course at Marquette Golf Club,

ting finishing touches on its second course, Sage Run, which like Sweetgrass will honor Potawatomi tribal tradition. Sweetgrass and sage are two of four traditional medicines used in Potawatomi ceremonies. The owners had hoped to give Sage Run a soft opening in late 2017 but the elements — in the U.P. that means weather — forced a change of plans. Eight of the course’s holes had been seeded in 2016 but attempts to seed

the rest of the course in 2017 were thwarted for much of the year by heavy, heavy rains, said Tony Mancilla, the resort’s general manager. Several times rain washed away freshly sown seed before it had a chance to set roots, and the superintendent and his crew were forced to deal with unwanted ravines and other rain-caused damage. But Mancilla said the grass finally took in the fall and the course will open for public play WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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The sweet 16th at Sage Run plays dramatically uphill and showcases the rough Upper Peninsula terrain. on June 15. For the first month Sage Run will be limited to package play because “we don’t want to beat it up right out of the gate,” Mancilla said, but by July 15 it will be available to all-comers. While having some similar features — both are designed by Paul Albanese of Michigan’s Albanese and Lutzke architectural firm, protégés of Mr. Pete Dye — the two courses will feature very different styles. Sweetgrass, host course for the Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship for aspiring LPGA players, is more of a conventional championship-style layout. Relatively flat and open, Sweetgrass is marked for expansive swaths of tall grass waving in the breeze. Golfers cross hazards by crossing over five historic bridges that were brought to the course, while an island green par 3 was shaped to resemble a turtle, which Potawatomi legend holds in high esteem. The new course, on the other hand, was cut out of heavily wooded property a few miles from the resort. Many holes will run 48

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up and down a glacial drumlin that will accentuate the dramatic elevation changes players will experience. Albanese said the “goal was to use the drumlin so that golfers interact with it throughout their round.” It is expected that Sage Run, a resort course designed with high-handicap players in mind, will be a bit more player-friendly than its sister course, which can be windswept and is known for its fast and undulating greens. Mancilla said that despite the weather issues that slowed development of the course he did get to play a few holes in the fall and found it to be “a very fun course,” though in some ways a little tougher than he had expected. Golfers will find several blind tee shots on dramatically downhill holes and a few places where the pins will be hidden. “You’ve got to play this course more than once to get a feel for the lines,” he said, but “this course, the greens aren’t as big (as at Sweetgrass) or as undulating.” In short, the two styles will offer golfers WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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the shoreline of Lake Superior. In addition to Greywalls, which offers its own breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Superior, Marquette Golf Club also offers the 18-hole Heritage Course; its first nine holes, dating to 1926, were designed by William B. Langford and his partner Theodore J. Moreau, who also designed the acclaimed Links course at Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Marquette visitors with time to explore after golf should not miss the Marquette Regional History Center, which does a fine job of sharing both Native American history and the iron ore discoveries that made that part of the U.P. a major mining center. Others with a little darker bent might enjoy the “Anatomy of a Murder” driving tour of sites found in the movie and book of the same name, based on a true-life killing in a small town near Marquette in 1952. Iron Mountain, where TimberStone is located, similarly shares iron mining history at the Cornish Pump Museum and other attractions. The U.P. Sports Hall of Fame is there as well, honoring such notables as college basketball’s Tom Izzo and professional football’s Steve Mariucci. In addition to its two courses, Island Resort and Casino offers more than 300 guest rooms, including suites and an indoor pool, along with a showroom for touring entertainers, convention center, recently opened spa, sports bar and casino with slots, craps, blackjack, life poker and other games. Visit www.islandresortandcasino.com; www.marquettegolfclub.com; and www.pinemountainresort.com.

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two looks and different experiences. Sage Run will feature bluegrass fairways, which should allow the ball to sit up better for highhandicappers, while Sweetgrass has bent grass. And while Sweetgrass is known for its conditioning, Sage Run will have furryedged bunkers and a more rugged look. “One’s up in the hills with all the trees,” Mancilla said, “the other one’s more of a links look. “It’s been three years in the making. We’re excited. It’s something new. In the gaming industry you’ve got to have something new for your customer.” Adding a second course at Island Resort also addresses an issue raised by some guests in the past — the distance between courses in the Perfect 4-Some package. Greywalls is 78 miles from the casino hotel, where many of the package players stay, while TimberStone is 44 miles from the resort. Mancilla said he expects some golfers will enjoy having two courses to play in the same location, while still including one or both of the other courses in their trip. Either way, the package approach should have even more appeal. “You’re not going to find a better price,” he said. “Now we’ve got four courses. Now it truly becomes (a foursome) of courses.” And while the Upper Peninsula is known to be lightly populated and a little laid back, golfers should understand there is more to do there than just play golf, even if it is on superb courses. Greywalls, which gets its name from the dramatic stone walls that surround several greens, is in Marquette, with its historic and visually appealing downtown set on

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ISLAND Spectacular Scenery & Gorgeous Golf Await You on the Magical Isle of Maui By Don Shell


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But here on the Robert Trent Jones Jr.designed, glorious green gem of a course called The Emerald, it’s impossible to overlook how special it is — especially considering what the course overlooks: a stage set for the ultimate golfer’s getaway. It’s a bright January day, and while the Midwestern wind chills have dipped into the single-digits back home, here the gentle ocean breeze is just cool enough to keep you

from sweating through your polo and shorts. The sun is just coming up on the other side of the island, diffused into a warm glow by the towering Mount Haleakala, a 10,000-foottall dormant volcano in the middle of Maui’s heart, but it’s already 72 degrees, and quickly climbing toward perfection. It’s a terrific time of day on the island, one usually set aside for the surfers, but things are already hopping here at Wailea Golf Club. The first

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WAILEA, Maui, Hawaii — Aaahhhhhhhhh. That’s the prevailing thought in my head as I step to the first tee at the incredible, inspirational Wailea Golf Club’s Emerald Course, here in the 100 percent pure, Grade-A, unfiltered paradise called Maui. On a Hawaiian island known for its impossible, heartbreaking beauty, from its powderysand beaches, to its crashing cliffs, towering peaks and spectacular sunsets, it might seem easy to overlook its stellar golf scene.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ka’anapali Golf Resort is one of Maui’s finest, with 36 sweet holes, “foot golf” (middle), and even GolfBoards for rental. The sexy 17th at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. The fifth hole at Kapalua’s Bay Course. 56

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Professional-Grade Greatness

Maui’s Rich Golf Offerings Fit For Pros & The Joes While Wailea Golf Club offers plenty of great golf to keep you busy on the island’s south side, the northwest corner of the isle is its best-known golf getaway. Here’s a look at some of the other great options:

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KA’ANAPALI Ka’anapali is home to one of the best-known golf resorts not only on the island, but in the world, with two terrific tracks and some first-rate amenities. The Royal Ka’anapali Course, a Robert Trent Jones design, was renovated in 2006 and is both distinctive and demanding at 6,700 yards and offers distracting views playing along the white sandy coastline. The Royal Ka’anapali Course played host to Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the LPGA Kemper Open, the Ka’anapali Classic (14 years) and more recently the Ka’anapali Champions Skins Game. The Ka’anapali Kai Course is a par-70 Jack Snyder design that’s as fun as a day at the beach, and was the host for the 2008 Golf Channel series, The Big Break, and has panoramic views of the neighboring islands. Ka’anapali also offers GolfBoards for rental, which is the perfect way to keep that Maui surfer mentality while you’re on the course.

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tee times are getting ready to go off, and the team of attendants is busy choreographing a stacked tee sheet. Wailea Golf Club is one of several stellar golf resorts on Maui, offering three championship courses — The Emerald, The Gold and The Blue — and champion views, too. The Emerald Course was built by Jones Jr. in 1994 and is the most popular of the bunch, named to several “Best Course For Women,” lists, among other accolades, for its playerfriendly layout. The much tougher Gold Course was also designed by Jones Jr., and also opened in 1994 to rave reviews, named by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the country’s 10 best new resort courses. Conde Nast Traveler readers named it one of the world’s best-designed courses, as well. The longest of the three courses at 7,078 yards, the Gold Course played host to The Champions Skins Game from 2001 to 2007. With dramatic elevation changes, natural lava rock outcroppings throughout and a strategic layout, the Gold is a true test for every level of player. The older, gentler Blue Course started it all in 1972, winding its way through the hillside of nearby Kihei, on the downward slope of the mountainside. The Blue is often the favorite of returning players to Wailea, but it’s hard to go wrong on any of the trifecta; all three courses offer ocean views from every hole. Some of the best views are found at the beginning. Wailea Golf Club’s clubhouse starts out with what has to be one of the best

The No. 1-rated golf resort in Maui is found just outside the charming coastal town of Lahaina, called Kapalua. Home to the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions (won by Dustin Johnson this January), Kapalua also has a AAA 5-Diamond rated Ritz-Carlton Resort as its claim to fame. Kapalua is home to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, the Montage Kapalua Bay and the Kapalua Villas, three of the highest-rated resorts on the island, but it’s the golf that gets the headlines. The Bay Course is a 6,600-yard stunner designed by Arnold Palmer and Frances Duane, which includes a par 3 where you hit over the ocean to the green, the only hole like it on Maui. The Plantation Course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 1991, and is home to the Sentry Tournament of Champions — and ocean views on every hole. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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Maui’s Magic Found Around Every Corner, Top to Bottom Want to make the most of your Maui experience? It’s an island rich with natural wonder, making it tough to see it all. Here’s your 60-second travel guide:

com. For something a bit more romantic, try a sunset cocktail cruise from the charming town of Lahaina. (seamaui.com).

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From December-April, don’t miss some of the world’s best whale-watching. Take the snorkeling/sightseeing trip from Pride of Maui (prideofmaui.com) for guaranteed whale sightings. Maui’s snorkeling spots are legendary for their beauty and diversity of sea life, and some of the best are in “Turtle Town” in the southern end near Makena, a pitching wedge from Wailea. For those ready to ride the big waves, head to the North Shore near Peahi, for the spot known as “Jaws.” Rent a board at islandsurfboardrentals.

If you do nothing else on your trip, spend a day traveling the Road to Hana, an incredible, 64-mile stretch of single-lane pavement literally carved into the mountainside. It has 600 turns, 54 bridges, and a million memories waiting to be made. (roadtohana.com). Along the way don’t miss Wai’anapanapa State Park, full of crashing surf and black-sand beaches. Take the road to Haleakala National Park, where you can hike the Pipiwai Trail until you find the 400-foot-tall Waimoku Falls. For

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the height of fun, drive through the clouds to the top of Mt. Haleakala (above right), the 10,000-foot dormant volcano at the island’s heart. (nps.gov/hale). You can even bike down the mountain at sunrise! (temptationstours.com).

EAT Maui has plenty for your mouth, as well, and no surprise, you should start with the seafood on the seashore at Mama’s Fish House in Paia (mamasfishhouse.com). For great views and food after your round at Wailea Golf Club, no need to go further than Gannon’s (waileagolf.com). For laidback atmosphere and fantastic views and food, kick back at Kimo’s in Lahaina. Order the Moon Pie! (kimosmaui.com). And for some tasty fast food with a local twist, stop in to one of the many Maui Tacos (mauitacos.com).

ENJOY Shop till you drop (or blow your budget) in the Shops at Wailea (theshopsatwailea.com), including Tiffany, Prada and Louis Vuitton, if you’re so inclined. Spend a day (or much more) in the charming seaside town of Lahaina, with art fairs in the park, incredible banyan trees, and some of the best shops, restaurants and bars on the island on its famous Front Street (lahainatown.com). Bring a book to the powdery-sand beach on the island’s south side, at the (somewhat) secluded Makena State Park (hawaiistateparks.org). After you head home, you’ll count down the days until you can return. Want more? Of course you do. Check out gohawaii.com/islands/maui.

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All three of Wailea Golf Club’s courses have ocean views from every hole, like sights from the Emerald’s 13th hole. views in golf, staring out into the Pacific Ocean below, filling your field of view with the deep blue sea and the Molokini Crater, which peeks its head above water like one of the many whales Maui is so well known for. Far out in the mist and haze beyond Molokini, you can see seven miles to the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve, the smallest of Hawaii’s eight volcanic islands. Wailea is one of the highest-rent districts in all of Maui, and Wailea Golf Club is no exception, with exceptional amenities including fine dining, tennis and golf academy, all in a lush, lavish setting fit for a tropical botanical garden. The grounds are full of tropical flowers, plants and pools, making it 60

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easy to forget your reason for being there: the great golf.

A CUT ABOVE Today we tackle the Emerald, the crown jewel in this corner of the island. At 6,825 yards from the tips, the Emerald is a resort course designed to give you just enough test — without intentionally ruining your Hawaiian vacation. The Emerald’s fantastic first hole, a downhill, 380-yard par 4, offers plenty of ways to get your heart racing. Like most of the course, the opener offers wide, forgiving fairways and is framed by lush, tropical flora, just begging you to grip it and rip it.

THERE’S PLENTY TO PLAY AT HAWAII’S LARGEST GOLF RESORT Blue skies, great greens, ocean views on every hole – you’ll find more to enjoy on Wailea’s three award-winning courses than anywhere else in Hawaii. There’s plenty to savor off the course too, like luxurious accommodations, soothing spas, luscious cuisine, culture and art, warm sandy beaches, tennis and so much more. You’re just a tee time away. follow us!

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It’s a great way to ease into your round, getting you ready to try and reach the 532-yard par-5 second hole in two, where you’ll be no doubt distracted by the view of the ocean over on your port side (that’s the left, for all you landlubbers). Highlights on the rest of the front nine (beyond the views), are the 346-yard, par-4 fourth hole, where you’ll encounter lava rocks in play for the first time, and No. 6, a huge downhill dogleg par 4 measuring 456 yards from the tips. The back nine begins with a bang, starting with the 392-yard, par-4 10th hole, the ying to the yang of the 332-yard, par-4 17th hole. Both wrap themselves around the Emerald’s largest lake, a 2.7-million-gallon brackish pond, before a “meeting of the minds” at their double green, the first in all of Hawaii. Other highlights on the back are the enormous, 578-yard, par-5 11th hole, which is the longest on the course and plays down to a peninsula green, and the 188-yard 16th, 62

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the prettiest of the Emerald’s excellent par 3s, and the start of a stellar finishing stretch. After you walk off the double green at 17, you head to the 18th tee box, one of the highest points on the property. The views again are as expansive as they are impressive, and you’ll savor every inch of the last 558 yards of the Emerald, on the stunning, par-5 finisher, playing downhill to a green surrounded by bunkers. The Emerald’s 18th is a fantastic way to end your round, offering plenty of what brought you here in the first place. It’s mid-morning now, the sun peeking over the top of Haleakala behind you, burning the haze off the surf ahead. The Emerald bids you fond farewell, but the day is just beginning, and the memories are forever. Like the island itself, Wailea Golf Club’s magic is everywhere you look here — and impossible to overlook. Visit www.waileagolf.com or gohawaii.com for more information.

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The land of 10,000 water holes invites you to test your game at some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world — enjoy Minnesota golf. - By Steve Dowling

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id you know Minnesota is the only state to have hosted all 13 USGA championships plus the Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, Solheim Cup, PGA of America plus others? Last but not least, Minnesota hosted the 2016 Ryder Cup! So, What’s Next for Minnesota? ......the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship! The best golfers in the world play in Minnesota – both men AND women! Minnesota is well known as the State of Golf! Golfers around the world know about the relevance of the golf courses in Minnesota. It’s a hotbed of courses designed by some of the world’s most renowned and creative golf architects. Countless courses in Minnesota have Multi-Star/Top-10 ratings from Golf Digest, Golf Week and the small handful of such prestigious golf publications. It’s one thing to have challenging courses built for all skill levels of golfers but it’s another to have these courses categorized as simply stunning. Minnesota is where the best golfers in the world play and is a destination of fierce natural beauty as well as friendly folks and clearly an excellent destination as golfers flock to the state for the great quality, variety and value of golf courses. This is what Minnesota golf is all about. The courses themselves are majestic, however that’s not all they offer. You can stay at comfortable hotels, eat at some of the nation’s finest restaurants, but it’s the “Minnesota Nice” customer service that validates the Minnesota golf experience.

Minnesota is known to be a great vacation destination.

QUALITY + VARIETY + VALUE The overall “Quality” of golf in Minnesota cannot be matched. The Minnesota golf landscape constitutes a hall of fame of National/Regional “Award-Winning” courses. The “Variety” of Minnesota courses is diverse with links, deep woods, breathtaking river and lake views all woven into Mother Nature’s natural beauty. True “Value” is a major attribute of golf in Minnesota with green fees lower than other golf hotbeds around North America.

MINNESOTA’S BUCKET LIST Minnesota’s “bucket list” of must-play golf courses can be found with the Explore Minnesota Golf Alliance featuring the state’s top public courses and resort courses. Enjoy the Quality, Variety and Value of Great Golf – Play Golf Where the Best Golfers in the World Play. For more information on golf in Minnesota please visit www.ExploreMinnesotaGolf.com or www.StateofGolf.com. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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1. Arrowwood Resort

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2. Black Bear Golf Course www.golfatthebear.com

3. Braemar Golf Course www.braemargolf.com

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Madden’s on Gull Lake

Visit one of out member facilities and experience some of the finest golf in the United States!

4. Breezy Point Resort

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5. Chaska Town Course

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6. Cragun’s Resort www.craguns.com

7. Destination Bloomington www.bloomingtonmn.org

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9. Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort www.giantsridge.com

10. Golden Eagle Golf Club www.golfgoldeneagle.com

11. Grand View Lodge

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Voted 53rd Best Resort in the World by Conde Nast Traveler readers, Madden’s offers upscale accommodations (including new multi-bedroom houses), dining and endless recreation for golf groups, reunions and retreats. With four on-property courses, you’ll find Madden’s to be a golf destination like no other. Featuring The Classic at Madden’s (5-Star and Top 100 in US and ‘#1 buddies destination in Minnesota’); the historic Pine Beach East, Pine Beach West, and a Social 9, Madden’s offers a course for every golfer. Located in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes area on 1,000 acres with miles of lakeshore, a reputation of gracious hospitality make Madden’s a world-class destination.

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Minnesota National Golf Course is a magnificent 27-Hole golf course built on 600 lakeside acres in Northern Minnesota’s wilderness, surrounded by towering pines, hardwoods and wildlife. The 18-hole championship course features bentgrass tees, fairways and greens with Ohio White Sand bunkers and plays over 7,200 yards. Tee Times Magazine named Minnesota National a Top 10 Golf Resort in the state in 2017, in addition Twin Cities Golf stated “Minnesota National Golf Course was in the best overall condition of any course we’ve EVER played!”

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22. The Jewel Golf Club www.jewelgolfclub.com

23. The Wilds Golf Club www.golfthewilds.com

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24. Thumper Pond Resort www.thumperpond .com

25. Wilderness at Fortune Bay www.golfthewilderness.com

26. Willingers Golf Club www.willingersgc.com

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www.mnnationalgolfcourse.com | 218.426.4444 | 23247 480th Street, McGregor

Giants Ridge Giants Ridge is the only Minnesota golf resort that has two courses that each have been named the best public course in the state and have been named to Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses list. The Quarry course is currently the #25 public course in the country and #1 in Minnesota with the Legend currently #5 in Minnesota. In terms of quality and value there are few destinations that can compare to Giants Ridge.

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Legends Club

Breezy Point Resort

Legends Golf Club, recognized as National Golf Course of the Year, is an 18-hole championship course nestled in a wooded, yet marshy, area south of the Twin Cities. It is conveniently located just 2 miles west from Highway I-35, about a 25-minute drive from both downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul and 20 minutes from the Mall of America/MSP Airport. Legends Club is one of the few daily-fee public golf courses where you experience private club feel, amenities and quality. Come add your story to the Legends.

Breezy Point Resort proudly presents the nationally recognized Deacon’s Lodge, an Arnold Palmer Signature course named in honor of Arnold’s father Deacon “Deke” Palmer. Additionally, Breezy Point offers its original championship course Whitebirch, a fan favorite, and the Traditional course which played host to both Patty Berg and Walter Hagen in the 1920s and 30s. Complemented by 4 unique restaurants, “Dockside” sports and entertainment bar, spa, boat marina, paddle driven cruise boat, sugar sand beaches and multiple accommodation options, Breezy Point has been Minnesota’s “goto” resort for over 90 years. Breezy Point Resort specializes in custom “Stay and Play” packages assembled to meet the golf retreat dreams of any group size. Breezy also offers the only true all-inclusive option golf packages.

Holes - 18 Yards - 7,063 Par 72

www.legendsgc.com | 952.226.4777 | 8670 Credit River Blvd., Prior Lake

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Willingers Golf Club

Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Since 1991 golfers have quietly coveted and enjoyed Willingers Golf Club. Willingers Golf Club is a tranquil, yet exciting, 18-hole championship course straddling a 40-acre forest and 60 acres of naturally open water and marsh/wetlands. The course is an easy drive, located just one mile from Hwy I-35, 30 minutes south of both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The 6,809-yard Willingers Golf Club course is breathtaking with significant elevation and topography changes - A great piece of property.

Plan that perfect golf getaway by booking a Stayand-Play package with The Wilderness at Fortune Bay! This challenging course, located on beautiful Lake Vermilion, continues to garner national awards for its playability, breath-taking views and excellent customer service provided by the KemperSports team! We’re also home to an award-winning resort, feature several dining options and 24/7 gaming! Holes - 18 Yards - 6,809 Par 72

www.willingersgc.com | 952.652.2500 | 6797 Canby Trail, Northfield

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18-Hole Resort Course 7,207 Yards, Par 72 Lodge and Casino

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Royal Golf Club The Royal Golf Club, in Lake Elmo, MN, is a daily fee, 18-hole championship course for golf enthusiasts of all ages. Royal Golf Club sits as the centerpiece of The Royal Club community. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of the St. Croix River Valley, along the shore of Horseshoe Lake, the course was co-designed by legendary golf pros Arnold Palmer and Annika Sörenstam. The clubhouse offers space for up to 300 guests, meeting rooms for business get-togethers, golf shop, as well as a full-service restaurant and bar called Arnie’s. A 291-home residential community is being developed along the course periphery. Royal Golf Club presents golf enthusiasts with a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Minnesota’s Great Northern Golf Trail Bloomington is your link to championship golf courses in the Midwest. Our “Great Northern Golf Trail” itineraries will take you from challenging courses within minutes of Mall of America® to the forests of pines in the Brainerd Lakes area. Not only will you experience world-class golf, but you’ll enjoy the spectacular vistas. Start your trip in Bloomington, home of Mall of America, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, and over 40 unique hotels then head to the Great Northern Golf Trail. Visit www.GreatNorthernGolfTrail.com to start your golf adventure.

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The First Tee

More than a Game The First Tee of Greater Chicago Is Serious About Making a Difference Fun

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rom star-studded gala charity events, to Drive, Chip and Putt programs, to simply helping young children learn some important life values, The First Tee of Greater Chicago is serious about making a difference to the kids in its communities. And it’s serious about having fun along the way, too. The First Tee of Greater Chicago is dedicated to impacting the lives of young people, of all socioeconomic backgrounds, by providing educational programs that build character, instill lifeenhancing values and promote healthy choices — all through the wonderful game we call golf. A youth development initiative of the World Golf Foundation, The First Tee is supported by the leading organizations in golf including the Masters Tournament, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour and United States Golf Association. The First Tee of Greater Chicago’s mission is to reach 100,000 kids by 2020, through a variety of events and youth programs. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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LEFT: Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia at the Taste of the First Tee. ABOVE: Kids ages 7-17 are eligible to join the program. Through collaborating and coordinating learning sites and instruction with local organizations and facilities, The First Tee of Greater Chicago wants to reach 100,000 area youth by 2020. The First Tee programs aim to help young people develop positive character traits by teaching golf and life skills in a seamless manner. While learning to Drive, Chip and Putt, the program teaches the Nine Core Values inherent in the game of golf: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. In addition to programming at local golf courses, The First Tee of Greater Chicago’s outreach efforts bring its golf and character education programming to elementary school children, K-5, during their physical education classes, through The First Tee 72

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National School Program and at community facilities, such as Park Recreation Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA locations. The chapter is seeking qualified golf professionals and interested volunteers to help reach this amazing goal. If you are interested in starting a program at your school, organization or golf course and/or want to enrich your existing Junior Golf programs please contact Adam Murray, director of program development (amurray@thefirstteegreaterchicago.org). Register your child! Beginner and advanced programs are available for youth (ages 7-17) and beyond instruction and leagues, outstanding leadership events both locally and nationally are available to participants. Visit thefirstteegreaterchicago.org to find a location near you. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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Luke Donald, far left, and Sergio Garcia, far right, pose with young participants.

Cog Hill’s Coach Carol Rhodes Named Illinois PGA Professional of the Year Carol Rhoades, The First Tee coach at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont was named The PGA of Illinois Section Professional of the Year. This prestigious award has been presented annually since 1955, and honors the club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA professional. “I am deeply honored that my fellow colleagues would want me to represent our section. I accept this award with a great sense of responsibility and want to continue to do everything I can to grow and promote the game,” she said. “Making golf fun and helping those that I have taught try to realize the joy of the game and selling the game on the values that make it different is really important to me.” “Carol Rhoades’ dedication to instilling the values of the game in the students she teaches is what makes her such an amazing coach and mentor. We are extremely proud to have her on our coaching staff,” said Lisa Quinn, executive director.

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Chicago chapter will host signature events throughout the year to help raise funds for its year-round programming. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Luke Donald Taste of The First Tee and PGA Tour professional Luke Donald will once again team up with Terlato Wines International to host an amazing wine tasting. Last year, Masters champion Sergio Garcia joined Donald for the event, held during The BMW Championship at Conway Farms. Stellar guests have included PGA stars Rory McIlroy, Mark Wilson, Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley, as well as Champions Tour greats includ-

ing: Jay Haas, Jack Nicklaus, Steve Stricker, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Tom Kite.

Want to get involved? Your company can support The First Tee while competing for some serious hardware and bragging rights at The First Tee Corporate Challenge. This year’s event will take place at the amazing Glen View Club on Monday, Oct. 8th Last year, Zach Johnson was the featured speaker. Donate, volunteer, register a child … there are many ways to become involved with The First Tee of Greater Chicago! Visit www.thefirstteegreaterchicago.org for further information on program locations, schedules and signature events taking place in 2018. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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2018 Pro Golf Preview

Encore Performances 2017 Was Tough to Top in the Midwest, But There Are Plenty of Pros Coming Back For More This Year

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olf’s spotlight shone brightly on the Midwest last summer as the game’s greatest converged on Erin Hills in tiny Erin, Wisconsin, to compete in the 117th U.S. Open. More than 200,000 spectators traveled to southeastern Wisconsin as the Open returned to the Midwest for first time since 2003, when Olympia Fields (Illinois) Country Club played host. In 2018, the U.S. Open moves eastward to New York’s Shinnecock Hills, but as one major leaves the region another fills the void. The 100th PGA Championship returns to prestigious Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis in August. Bellerive previously hosted the tournament in 1992. Worth noting is that 2018 will be the last time the PGA Championship will be played in mid to late summer. In 2019, the event will make a permanent move to the month of May and become the second major championship on the calendar following the Masters in April. Meanwhile, two new events are on the golf calendar for this summer. The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be played at venerable Chicago Golf Club, America’s first 18-hole course. The event, to be held July 12-15, will feature both professional and amateur players in the 50-plus age group. The PGA Tour Champions is adding two new events to its 2018 calendar with one set for Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan. The Ally Challenge will be played the week of Sept. 10-16 and for many on the senior circuit it will be a homecoming of sorts as Warwick Hills was the long-time home of the now defunct Buick Open. The names of many current PGA Tour Champions players dot the Buick Open’s list of champions. Here is a rundown of the 2018 events in the Golftime region:

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2018 Pro Golf Preview

Web.com Tour UNITED LEASING & FINANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

May 31-June 3, Dublin, Ohio

PGA Tour THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

COURSE: Victoria National Golf Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Lee Dong-hwan TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: South Korea’s Lee Dong-hwan won by a stroke on one of the more demanding courses on the Web.com Tour.

COURSE: Muirfield Village Golf Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Jason Dufner TV: CBS/Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Jason Dufner overcame a four-shot deficit in the 2017 final round to win by three strokes.

May 21-27, Benton Harbor, Michigan

PGA Tour Champions PRINCIPAL CHARITY CLASSIC

PGA Tour Champions KITCHENAID SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

June 4-10, Des Moines, Iowa

COURSE: Harbor Shores DEFENDING CHAMP: Bernhard Langer TV: Golf Channel/NBC THE SKINNY: This Champions tournament returns to Benton Harbor, which hosted the major in 2016.

COURSE: Wakonda Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Brandt Jobe TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Brandt Jobe posted a one-stroke victory in 2017. Since 2007, the event has contributed approximately $13.5 million to Iowa’s children’s charities.

May 24-27, Ann Arbor, Michigan

June 8-10, South Bend, Indiana

LPGA Tour VOLVIK CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE: Travis Pointe Country Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Shanshan Feng TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: ShanShan Feng’s victory was her first in the United States since 2013.

Symetra Tour FOUR WINDS INVITATIONAL COURSE: Blackthorn Golf Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Kendall Dye THE SKINNY: American Kendall Dye’s 11-under 205 lifted her to a three-stroke victory.

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April 26-29, Newburgh, Indiana

Fred Couples defends his American Family Insurance Championship title at Wisconsin’s University Ridge this year. LEFT: The PGA Tour stars return to Muirfield Village for The Memorial Tournament. June 7-10, Chicago, Illinois

June 15-17, Decatur, Illinois

Web.com Tour RUST-OLEUM CHAMPIONSHIP

Symetra Tour DECATUR-FORSYTH CLASSIC

COURSE: Ivanhoe Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Stephen Jäger TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Germany’s Stephen Jäger took home the championship with a two-stroke victory over American Ted Potter Jr.

COURSE: Hickory Point Golf Course DEFENDING CHAMP: Chorphaka Jaengkit THE SKINNY: The Classic is the longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the third longest running women’s golf tournament.

June 14-17, Grand Rapids, Michigan

PGA Tour Champions AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

LPGA Tour MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC FOR SIMPLY GIVE COURSE: Blythfield Country Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Brooke Henderson TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Canadian Brooke Henderson captured the 2017 championship with a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie. 78

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June 18-24, Madison, Wisconsin

COURSE: University Ridge Golf Course DEFENDING CHAMP: Fred Couples TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Fred Couples shot a bogey-free final round to win year two of the tournament.

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June 22-24, Harris, Michigan

June 28-July 1, Kildeer, Illinois

July 9-15, Highland Park, Illinois

Symetra Tour ISLAND RESORT CHAMPIONSHIP

LPGA Tour KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

COURSE: Sweetgrass Golf Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Emma Talley THE SKINNY: The eighth annual championship will have a purse of $150,000.

COURSE: Kemper Lakes Golf Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Danielle Kang TV: NBC/Golf Channel THE SKINNY: The LPGA Tour major made its Chicagoarea debut in 2017 at Olympia Fields CC where Danielle Kang earned her first professional victory by one shot over defending champ Brooke Henderson.

PGA Tour Champions CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Web.com Tour LINCOLN LAND CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE: Panther Creek Country Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Adam Schenk THE SKINNY: American Adam Schenk won a four-man sudden-death playoff with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

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July 5-8, Oneida, Wisconsin

July 12-15, Sylvania, Ohio

LPGA Tour THORNBERRY CREEK LPGA CLASSIC COURSE: Thornberry Creek at Oneida DEFENDING CHAMP: Katherine Kirk TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Year Two of the tournament at the official golf course of the Green Bay Packers.

LPGA Tour MARATHON CLASSIC Photo by Nile Young Jr.

June 25 – July 1, Springfield, Illinois

COURSE: Exmoor Country Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Scott McCarron TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: The Senior Players Championship is one of five majors on the Champions tour. Scott McCarron fired a final round 6-under 66 to defeat Bernhard Langer and Brandt Jobe by one shot.

COURSE: Highland Meadows Golf Club DEFNDING CHAMP: In-Kyung Kim TV: Golf Channel

THE SKINNY: In a poll of LPGA players, the Marathon Classic was voted fifth favorite of all the stops on the tour. July 12-14, French Lick, Indiana

Symetra Tour DONALD ROSS CLASSIC AT FRENCH LICK RESORT COURSE: French Lick Resort DEFENDING CHAMP: Erynne Lee THE SKINNY: Erynne Lee won the inaugural championship on the third playoff hole. July 12-15, Wheaton, Illinois

LPGA Tour U.S. SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN COURSE: Chicago Golf Club TV: Golf Channel

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2018 Pro Golf Preview It won’t have Tiger Woods this year (soon enough), but Warwick Hills Country Club returns to the pro circuit with the Tour Champions’ The Ally Challenge. COURSE: Canterbury Golf Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Nicholas Lindheim TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: California native Nicholas Lindheim sank a 35-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a three-way playoff to win the 2017 championship. Aug. 30- Sept. 5, Blaine, Minnesota

PGA Tour Champions 3M CHAMPIONSHIP THE SKINNY: A new USGA championship. Eligibility for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open championship will be limited to professional and amateur female players, age 50 and older. July 12-15, Silvis, Illinois

PGA Tour JOHN DEERE CLASSIC COURSE: TPC Deere Run DEFENDING CHAMP: Bryson DeChambeau TV: CBS/Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Bryson DeChambeau became the 21st player to make the John Deere Classic their first PGA Tour career victory. Aug. 2-5, Akron, Ohio

PGA Tour WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL COURSE: Firestone Country Club (South) DEFENDING CHAMP: Hideki Matsuyama TV: CBS/Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Hideki Matsuyama’s final round 61 tied the course record. That round included seven birdies and an eagle.

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Aug. 9-12, St. Louis, Missouri

PGA Tour PGA CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE: Bellerive Country Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Justin Thomas TV: TNT/CBS THE SKINNY: The PGA Championship marks its centennial at Bellerive, which last hosted the event in 1992. Aug. 10-12, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Symetra Tour PHC CLASSIC COURSE: Brown Deer Park Golf Course DEFENDING CHAMP: Brittany Marchand THE SKINNY: Canadian Brittany Marchand shot a 13-under 203 to win the 2017 championship by three strokes. Aug. 16-19, Indianapolis, Indiana

LPGA Tour INDY WOMEN IN TECH COURSE: Brickyard Crossing Golf Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Lexi Thompson TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: With her 2017 win at the inaugural

championship, Lexi Thompson became the first woman to kiss the famous yard of bricks in victory. Aug. 17-19, Battle Creek, Michigan

Symetra Tour FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE: Battle Creek Country Club DEFENDING CHAMP: Erynne Lee THE SKINNY: Erynne Lee recorded seven birdies in her final round to win the championship by two strokes. Aug. 23-26, Columbus, Ohio

Web.com Tour NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE: Ohio State University Golf Course – Scarlet Course DEFENDING CHAMP: Peter Uihlein TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: American Peter Uihlein earned the 2017 victory in only his third start on the Web.com Tour. Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Cleveland, Ohio

Web.com Tour DAP CHAMPIONSHIP

COURSE: TPC Twin Cities DEFENDING CHAMP: Paul Goydos TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Paul Goydos defeated Gene Sauers on the first playoff hole to win the 2017 title. Sept. 10-16, Grand Blanc, Michigan

PGA Tour Champions THE ALLY CHALLENGE COURSE: Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club DEFENDING CHAMP: N/A TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: The inaugural championship puts the spotlight back on Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, known for being home to the Buick Open that ended in 2009. Oct. 15-17, French Lick, Indiana

LPGA Legends Tour SENIOR LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE: The Dye Course DEFENDING CHAMP: Trish Johnson TV: Golf Channel THE SKINNY: Trish Johnson went wire-to-wire to win the first-ever Senior LPGA Championship last year.

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GEAR YEAR Equipment 2018

OF THE This Golftime Guide Has You Covered Top to Bottom By Dennis McCann

Ping G400 Driver Ping promises its new G400 driver’s new streamlined style makes it the fastest and most forgiving driver yet, and who wouldn’t want that? The driver’s forged face is precision machined to give hotter ball speeds across the entire face, while tungsten sole weights enhance forgiveness. The G400 uses color-shift paint technology so the copper shaft appears black upon address to reduce distractions. ($399) www.ping.com


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Bridgestone TOUR B Golf Balls Bridgestone’s TOUR B line of golf balls ($45/ dozen) was designed using data from more than 300 million ball-fitting sessions. The TOUR B X and XS feature a soft urethane cover for spin and greenside control and are intended for low handicap golfers seeking maximum feel. The RX and RXS are for midto-low handicappers and incorporate a new 338 modified Dual Dimple design. The RX was designed to help players hit more fairways while the RXS promises unmatched feel. www.bridgstonegolf.com

Ecco S-Drive Shoes ECCO S-DRIVE golf footwear brings the comfort and performance of running shoes to the golf course. These shoes boast athletic styling matched with an asymmetrical latch to enhance both fit and feel. The asymmetrical closure system assures a close-to-the-foot fit, while the microfiber upper is treated with HYDROMAX to resist both weather and perspiration. Bold colors of the ECCO S-DRIVE ($160) will make you stand out on the course while enjoying maximum comfort and playability. www.eccousa.com

Arccos 360 Performance Tracker

Bagboy 2018 Golf Bags Bagboy’s three new styles of golf bag for 2018 all feature the TOP-LOK cart attachment system designed to secure the bag to a push cart without twisting or turning, thus eliminating the need for cart straps. The Revolver FX ($219.95) has a rotating top to make club selection effortless. The Defender ($199.95) is a full-feature cart bag with two fleece-lined, ABS hard-shell pockets to protect valuables and 10 zippered pockets for storing clothing, gear and accessories. The TL Stand Bag ($149.95) is a lightweight, mid-sized stand bag for carrying, riding or use with a push cart and features seven pockets, including waterproof, fleecelined pouch for valuables and full-size garment pocket. www.bagboycompany.com

Improve your game with technology. The Arccos 360 performance tracking system combines live shot tracking, GPS and a new tour analytics platform to help golfers lower scores and have more fun. Featuring new sensors that are 50 percent smaller and lighter than the first generation, Arccos 360 ($249.99) automatically records every shot a golfer makes without the need for tagging or other actions, then analyzes the data in real time to show strengths and weaknesses to improve oncourse decision making. Users with at least five rounds completed can access the new Arccos Caddie, golf’s first artificial intelligence platform, to get suggestions on the optimal strategy on nearly any hole in the world. www.ArccosGolf.com

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Adidas Primaloft Jacket Early-morning golf won’t give you the shivers when you arrive at the tee wearing the Climaheat Primaloft jacket or vest by adidas. Designed to capture heat and dry quickly, the jacket features ribbed sleeves and a drawcord at the hem for a custom fit. The synthetic insulation provides a soft, light feel while offering maximum warmth. Jacket ($160) and vest ($140) are available in two colors. www.adidas.com

SKIN Sunscreen Every golfer is by now aware of the need for skin protection. SKIN Sunscreen, available in lotion, continuous spray bottles or combination packages ($7.99 - $79), was formulated by golfers for golfers, is water resistant, broad spectrum and offers both UVA/UVB protection. www.skinsunscreen.com

The Arnold Palmer Collection Headcovers Bloodline Putters Lots of professional golfers have their caddie stand behind them as they prepare to putt, the better to evaluate the proper aim. Bloodline Putters, available in both mallet and blade designs, eliminate the need for helpful caddies because they are designed to stand up on their own on the green so players can step behind and check their alignment. Check the club, ball, target line and hole head on while the Bloodline Putter ($499) stands patiently on its own. www.bloodline.golf

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The King may be gone, but his style lives on. The Arnold Palmer Collection by Stitch Golf, which has a license agreement from Arnold Palmer Enterprises, includes a set of headcovers that will both protect your clubs while serving as tribute to the game’s most beloved figure. The Monte Carlo headcover set features white leather, hand-stitched headcovers with red, green and yellow stripes and Palmer’s signature umbrella logo. The set, $240, includes driver, fairway wood and hybrid covers. www.stitchgolf.com

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TaylorMade P790 irons TaylorMade’s new P790 irons promise a traditional look and soft, forged feel thanks to what might be called a secret ingredient — or at least an invisible one. The ingredient is called SpeedFoam, a vibration-dampening material that is injected into the clubhead through a port on the toe. SpeedFoam expands after injection to fill the otherwise hollow clubhead, which TaylorMade engineers say offers support for the thin clubface and outstanding feel. The irons ($1,300 steel, $1,500 graphite) are aimed at lower handicap players who favor a blade-like look and feel. wwww.taylormadegolf.com

Legendary Headbands Tired of ending a round of warm-weather golf with a sweat-stained cap as unsightly as the score on your card? Legendary Headwear’s patented CLOUD-FIT sweatband features soft performance fabric-lined memory foam infused with temperature-regulating gel for maximum comfort and performance. The sweatband is available in an array of cap sizes and colors. www.legendaryheadwear.com

Adidas Rangewear Jacket The Rangewear Jacket by adidas ($75) will similarly provide women golfers with an extra layer for warmth without impinging on performance. Made of stretchy blended fabric, the full-zip jacket features thumbholes to keep sleeves in place and concealed front-zip pockets for balls and tees. www.adidas.com


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LUXURY PXG and its founder have raised the golf equipment bar to new height$ By Danny Freels

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n 1994, former accountant Bob Parsons sold the software company he had founded 10 years earlier — Parsons Technology, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — to Intuit, Inc. for $64 million. Not surprisingly — now wealthy beyond his dreams — Parsons retired at the age of 49 and moved to Arizona. Three years later, the perpetually-active Parsons retired from retirement and founded a company that 94

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PXG’s brash, bold club line is a reflection of its outrageous founder, Bob Parsons, who created GoDaddy.

would eventually be called GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar and Web hosting operation. By 2005, GoDaddy had become the largest ICANN-accredited registrar on the Internet. In 2011 — due in part to numerous acquisitions of related companies, as well as controversial but attention-grabbing commercials on several Super Bowl telecasts — GoDaddy was four times bigger than any other domain registrar on the planet.

Late that year, Parsons sold approximately 70 percent of GoDaddy to a private equity consortium that included KKR and Silver Lake Partners for a reported $2.5 billion.

Parsons’ Rules for Success, No. 7: Always be moving forward. Flush with cash, Parsons used it to create YAM Worldwide, a conglomerate that involves 15 different businesses, including

a commercial real estate firm, an advertising agency and a film studio. In addition, Parsons was able to indulge himself (and make money at it) with one of his passions: motorcycles. He owns two Harley-Davidson dealerships (one in Arizona and one in Mississippi) and two others that sell nine other brands of bikes. Returning to Cedar Rapids in his mid30s, Parsons, a former Marine and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, took up golf. Like most of us who play, Parsons became obsessed with the game and with getting better. A key to improving scores, he believed — in addition to possessing the proper fundamentals — was finding the right set of clubs. Consequently, he tried out and changed clubs almost as often as he changed clothes. In fact, he claims to have spent between $250,000 and $350,000 annually in search of the right combination of clubs. Hard to imagine? Well … considering how many golf equipment manufacturers are out there, and that each one offers at least two or three different sets of irons, at least two or three different drivers, several fairway woods and hybrids, and that all of them offer a multitude of shafts to choose from, plus all of the different grips that are available, well … if someone has enough money and is willing to spend it to create the ideal set of clubs that will make him or her a better golfer, then it isn’t hard to imagine what Parsons says he did on a regular basis. (Legend has it that Parsons would often call the pro shop in the middle of a round and ask that a new, different set of irons be waiting for him at the next tee.) The problem WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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Parsons’ Rules for Success, No. 2: Never give up. The next thing Parsons did in his quest to get better at the game he loved so much was purchase the golf facility where he was a member: Golf Club Scottsdale. Designed by

Jay Morrish and Dick Bailey, GC Scottsdale was a lovely layout that was in trouble financially, due in part, Parsons felt, because many of the other members weren’t spending enough money while visiting their own club. Parsons purchased the property in 2013 for a paltry $600,000 and debt, renamed it Scottsdale National, raised prices and dues, reduced the number of times the members could play each month, and then

PXG Performance Test On a cloudy, chilly and somewhat windy day last November, I stopped at Carl’s Golfland in Plymouth, Michigan, to give a couple of the PXG clubs a try. I admit I was skeptical that clubs this expensive could be worth it — no matter how big your bank account. I also wasn’t sure I was good enough to even know how great they were or weren’t. But I trudged on. PXG irons are available in three collections: Tour Performance, Players and Xtreme Forgiveness. Knowing my game as well as I do (unfortunately), I asked to hit a 7-iron from the XF collection. Like all “game improvement” irons, the XF irons feature a wider sole and topline than irons used by elite players. The XF topline, however — unlike other “game improvement” irons that I’ve seen — isn’t what I call “fat looking.” It’s still thin and it looks like a blade. The other thing I noticed immediately was how light the 7-iron was. I’ve always liked a little weight to my irons; this was like holding air. Obtaining a small bucket of balls from the salesman who was assisting me, Brad, I headed for the range.

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Once I found my swing, I began to see what this PXG iron could do. Even though I was hitting cold golf balls off a thick, green mat, I somehow produced four or five shots in a row that were straight as strings. How far they were going I had no idea; probably no farther than my own 7-iron. But brother, they were high, pretty and effortless. “Xtremely” impressed, I went back inside and asked Brad if he would put together a comparable XF driver for me to hit. PXG clubs, by the way, cannot be purchased “off the rack.” Each collection is fitted to the individual player. Like the 7-iron, the XF driver I hit was disturbingly light. I also wasn’t crazy about the dull, black finish on the top of the head. Like the old Ping Eye-2 irons when they first came out, however, once I began hitting it I couldn’t believe how beautiful it became. No doubt mostly due to the way the driver had been adjusted (Brad said it had a slight, draw bias and a 10.5 loft), the majority of the balls I hit were very high and either really straight or featured what the pros call a “baby fade.” I had no way of knowing, but I suspected a couple of them ended up at least 10 yards past where I normally would hit it. And again, it seemed effortless. I can’t say whether PGX clubs are worth the price. I can say they’re very impressive. — Danny Freels


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With names like the “Dagger” and the “Darkness,” PXG’s clubs are full of Parsons’ trademark bravado. told them that if they didn’t like it he would buy them out. But, Parsons added, “If you leave you can’t come back.” Sixty-five of the roughly 175 members left. Today, there are between 125 and 150 happy members enjoying a new clubhouse, a second regulation 18-hole layout and a challenging par-3 course. A year later, Parsons decided to start his own equipment company: Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG). He hired away two respected designers from Ping — Mike Nicolette and Brad Schweigert — and told them what he wanted: an iron that “looks like a blade, plays like a cavity-back, and 98

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has a sweet spot the size of Texas.” He wasn’t kidding. Told that it would take time and money, Parsons assured the designers they would have both. A couple of failures later, the designers came through with what their boss asked for. In the company’s own words, “The process begins with a forged open-face body. The internal cavity of the forging is then precision CNC milled and an ultra-thin maraging steel face is plasma welded to create a hollow core. A thermoplastic elastomer is then injection molded into the cavity. High-density tungsten alloy weights strategically positioned around the perimeter of the club add mass and create PXG’s signature look.” The result was a set of irons that “look sexy, launch high, go far, feel soft, are extremely forgiving, and have a sweet spot the size of Texas.” Parsons was pleased.

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PXG’s stable of golf superstars grows by the day. TOP ROW: Billy Horschel, Anna Rawson, Ryann Otoole, Ryan Moore. BOTTOM ROW: Anna Nordquist, Zach Johnson, Charles Schwartzel, Lydia Ko. That same year, PGA Tour member Ryan Moore tried out a new set of PXG irons and immediately put them in his bag. Since then several other prominent pros have signed up, including Masters champions Zach Johnson and Charl Schwartzel, Billy Horschel, and arguably the best female player in the world Lydia Ko. Today, PXG offers three different sets of irons, three drivers, two fairway woods, three hybrids, a driving iron, two wedges and six putters. The drawback — for those of us who don’t play golf for a living or get our clubs for free — is the cost of PXG equipment. A full set of the best that PXG has to offer can run between $5,000 and $6,000, more than double the price tag for a premier set from Ping or Titleist. On top of that, no PXG equipment is purchased “off the rack” — it has to be fitted by a PXG Master Fitter who will come 100

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to a purchaser’s golf club, golf course, driving range — wherever — to make sure the proper set is put together. Hey, it’s the least they could do.

Parsons Rules for Success, No. 16: There’s always a reason to smile. While sales figures are difficult to obtain, it seems clear that PXG is doing more than OK. The clubs are available via outlets throughout the world, the company’s headquarters in Scottsdale has been expanded, and the total number of employees is up to almost 200. Oh, and rumor has it that PXG might soon come out with a new set of clubs that is even more expensive. No wonder Bob Parsons always seems to be smiling. Visit www.pxg.com for more information. WWW.GOLFTIMEMAG.COM

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The 18th green on The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort

Photo by Nile Young Jr.

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Midwest Select Abbey Springs Golf Course (R) Fontana, WI, 262-275-6111 www.abbeysprings.com

Bear Slide Golf Club (P) Cicero, IN, 317-984-3837 www.bearslide.com

Bob-O-Link Golf Club (PV) Highland Park, IL, 847-432-0917 www.bobolinkgolfcourse.com

Buck’s Barn Golf Resort (P) Thomson, IL, 815-259-8278 www.bucksbarngolfresort.com

Ackerman Hills (P)

Bedford Valley Golf Course (R)

The Bog (P)

Bucks Run Golf Club (P)

A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort (R)

Beeches Golf Club (P)

Bolingbrook Golf Club (P)

Buena Vista Golf Course (P)

West Lafayette, IN, 765-494-3139 www.purduegolf.com Kewadin, MI, 800-678-0122 www.a-ga-ming.com

Aldeen Golf Club (P)

Rockford, IL, 815-282-4653 www.aldeengolfclub.com

Anetsburger Golf Course (P) Northbrook, IL, 847-291-2971 www.anetsbergergolf.com

Battle Creek, MI, 269-965-3385 www.gulllakeview.com

South Haven, MI, 269-637-2600 www.beechesgolfclub.com

The Beloit Club (PV) Beloit, WI, 608-473-0089 www.beloitclub.com

Berrien Hills Golf Club (P)

Benton Harbor, MI, 269-925-9002 www.berrienhills.com

Saukville, WI, 262-284-7075 www.golfthebog.com Bolingbrook, IL, 630-771-9400 www.bolingbrookgolfclub.com

Bon Vivant (P)

Bourbonnais, IL, 815-935-0400 www.bonvivant.com

Bonnie Brook Golf Course (P) Waukegan, IL, 847-360-4730 www.waukegangolf.org

Mt. Pleasant, MI, 989-773-6830 www.bucksrun.com DeKalb, IL, 815-758-4812 www.buenavistagc.com

Buffalo Grove Golf Club (P) Buffalo Grove, IL, 847-537-5819 www.buffalogrovegolf.com

The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (P) Sheboygan Falls, WI, 920-467-1500 www.golfthebull.com

Chicago Hts Park District Golf Course East (P) Chicago Hts, IL, 708-754-3673 www.chparkdistrict.net

Chicago Hts Park District Golf Course West (P) Chicago Hts, IL, 708-754-1400 www.chparkdistrict.net

Bull Valley Golf Club (PV)

Annbriar Golf Course (P)

Big Fish Golf Club (P)

Boone Creek Golf Club (P)

Burnham Woods Golf Course (P)

Cinder Ridge Golf Course (P)

Antioch Golf Club (P)

Big Run Golf Club (P)

Boughton Ridge Golf Course (P)

Butler National Golf Club (PV)

Coachman’s Golf Resort (R)

Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course (P)

Billy Caldwell Golf Course (P)

Boulder Ridge Country Club (PV)

Butterfield Country Club (PV)

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (P)

Apple Orchard Golf Course (P)

Biltmore Country Club (PV)

The Bourne Golf Course (P)

Calumet Country Club (PV)

Columbus Park Golf Course (P)

The Arboretum Club (P)

Binder Park Golf Course (P)

Cantigny Golf (P)

Conway Farms Golf Club (PV)

Cantigny Youth Links (P)

Country Lakes Country Club (P)

Cardinal Creek Golf Course (P)

Countryside Golf Course (P)

Carriage Greens Country Club (P)

The Course at Aberdeen (P)

Cary Country Club (P)

Coyote Creek Golf Club (P)

The Castle Course at Northern Bay (R)

Coyote Crossing Golf Course (P)

Waterloo, IL, 888-939-5191 www.annbriar.com Antioch, IL, 847-395-3004 www.antiochgolfclub.com

Apple River, IL, 815-492-2477 www.applecanyonlake.org

Bartlett, IL, 630-540-4807 www.bartlettparks.org/facilities/golf Buffalo Grove, IL, 847-913-1112 www.arboretumgolf.com

Hayward, WI, 715-934-4770 www.bigfishgolf.com Lockport, IL, 815-838-1057 www.bigrungolf.com Chicago, IL, 773-792-1930 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Barrington, IL, 847-381-1960 www.biltmore-cc.com

Battle Creek, MI, 269-979-8250 www.binderparkgolf.com

Arlington Lakes Golf Club (P)

Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (P)

Arrowhead Golf Club (P)

Bittersweet Golf Club (P)

Arlington Heights, IL, 847-577-3030 www.ahpd.org/algc Wheaton, IL, 630-653-5800 www.arrowheadgolfclub.org

West Lafayette, IN, 765-494-3139 www.purduegolf.com Gurnee, IL, 847-855-9031 www.bittersweetgolf.com

Aspen Ridge Golf Course (P)

Black Forest at Wilderness Valley (R)

Atwood Homestead Golf Course (P)

Black Hawk Run Golf Club (P)

Bourbonnais, IL, 815-939-1742 www.aspenridgegolf.com Rockford, IL, 815-623-2411 www.wcfpd.org/golf

Aurora Country Club (PV) Aurora, IL, 630-892-3785 www.auroracc.com

Balmoral Woods Country Club (P) Crete, IL, 708-672-7448 www.balmoralwoods.com

Barrington Hills Country Club (PV) Barrington, IL, 847-381-4200 www.barringtonhillscc.com

Barrington Park District (P) Barrington, IL, 847-381-0687 www.barringtonparkdistrict.org

Barker Lake Golf Course Legend (P) Winter, WI, 715-266-4152 www.haywardlakes.com/barkerlake

Bartlett Hills Golf Club (P) Bartlett, IL, 630-837-2741 www.bartletthills.com

Battle Ground Golf Club (P) Battle Ground, IN, 765-567-2178 www.golfbattleground.com

Bay Harbor Golf Club (P) Bay Harbor, MI, 866-548-7427 www.boynegolf.com

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Gaylord, MI, 866-585-7090 www.blackforestgolf.com Stockton, IL, 815-947-3011 www.blackhawkrun.com

Black Sheep Golf Club (PV) Sugar Grove, IL, 630-879-2000 www.blacksheepgolfclub.com

McHenry, IL, 815-455-6900 www.boonecreekgolf.com

Bolingbrook, IL, 630-739-4100 www.bolingbrookparks.org

Lake In The Hills, IL, 847-854-3010 www.boulderridge.com Marseilles, IL, 815-496-2301

Bowes Creek Country Club (P) Elgin, IL, 847-214-5880 www.bowescreekcc.com

Boyne Highlands Resort (P) Harbor Springs, MI, 866-548-7427 www.boynegolf.com

Boyne Mountain Resort (P) Boyne City, MI, 866-548-7427 www.boynegolf.com

Brae Loch Golf Course (P) Grayslake, IL, 847-968-3444 www.lcfpd.org/brae_loch

Braidwood Fairways (P) Braidwood, IL, 815-458-2965

The Brassie (P)

Chesterton, IN, 219-921-1192 www.thebrassie.com

Briarwood Country Club (PV)

Blackberry Oaks Golf Course (P)

Deerfield, IL, 847-945-2660 www.briarwoodcc.com

Blackberry Patch Golf Club (P)

Indianapolis, IN, 317-492-6572 www.brickyardcrossing.com

Bristol, IL, 630-553-7170 www.blackberryoaks.com

Coldwater, MI, 517-238-8686 www.blackberrypatchgolf.com

Darien, IL, 630-985-3730 www.carriagegreens.com Cary, IL, 847-639-3161 www.carycountryclub.com

Arkdale, WI, 608-339-9891 www.www.castleatthebay.com Plano, IL, 630-552-3242 www.cedardellgolfclub.com

Munster, IN, 219-836-6931 www.munster.org

Bristol Oaks Country Club (P)

Chapel Hill Country Club (P)

Bloomingdale Golf Club (P)

Lockport, IL, 815-836-8858 www.golfbrokenarrow.com

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Beecher, IL, 708-946-2800 www.cardinalcreekgolf.com

Chalet Hills Golf Club (P)

Bristol, WI , 262-857-2302 www.bristoloaks.com

Riverside, IA, 877-677-3456 www.riversidecasinoandresort.com

Wheaton, IL, 630-668-8270 www.cantignygolf.com/youthlinks

Bridges of Poplar Creek CC (P)

Bliss Creek Golf Course (P)

BlueTop Ridge at Riverside (P)

Wheaton, IL, 630-668-8463 www.cantignygolf.com

Centennial Park Golf Course (P)

Blackthorn Golf Club (P)

Bloomingdale, IL, 630-529-6232 www.bloomingdalegc.com

Homewood, IL, 708-799-2230 www.calumetcc.com

Bridges Golf Course (P)

Hoffman Estates, IL, 847-781-3681 www.bridgesofpoplarcreek.com

Sugar Grove, IL, 630-466-4177 www.blisscreekgolf.com

Oak Brook, IL, 630-323-1000 www.butterfieldcc.org

Cedardell Golf Club (P)

Madison, WI, 608-244-1822 www.golfthebridges.com

South Bend, IN, 574-232-4653 www.blackthorngolf.com

Oak Brook, IL, 630-990-3333 www.butlernational.org

Brickyard Crossing (P)

Blackstone Golf Club (P) Marengo, IL, 815-923-1800 www.blackstonegc.com

Burnham, IL, 708-862-9043 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Cary, IL, 847-639-0666 www.chaletgolf.com

McHenry, IL, 815-385-3337 www.chapelhillgolf.com

Broken Arrow Golf Club (P)

Chesapeake Run Golf Club (P)

Brown Deer Park Golf Course (P)

Chicago Golf Club (PV)

Milwaukee, WI, 414-352-8080 www.browndeergolfclub.org

Bryn Mawr Country Club (PV) Lincolnwood, IL, 847-676-2660 www.brynmawrcountryclub.com

North Judson, IN, 574-896-2424 www.chesapeakerungolf.com

Wisconsin Dells, WI , 608-254-3971 www.christmasmountainvillage.com Wilmington, IL, 815-476-4000 www.cinderridge.com Edgerton, WI, 608-884-8484 www.coachmans.com Lemont, IL, 630-257-5872 www.coghillgolf.com

Chicago, IL, 312-746-5573 www.cpdgolf.com/courses/columbus-park Lake Forest, IL, 847-234-6979 www.conwayfarmsgolfclub.org

Naperville, IL, 630-420-1060 www.countrylakescountryclub.com Mundelein, IL, 847-968-3466 www.lcfpd.org/countryside Valparaiso, IN, 219-462-5050 www.golfataberdeen.com Bartonville, IL, 309-633-0911 www.golfcoyotecreek.com

West Lafayette, IN, 765-497-1061 www.coyotecrossinggolf.com

Coyote Run Golf Course (P) Flossmoor, IL, 708-957-8700 www.coyoterungolf.com

Crab Orchard Golf Club (P) Carterville, IL, 618-985-2321 www.craborchardgolfclub.com

Craig Woods Golf Course (P) Woodstock, IL, 815-337-3116 www.crystalwoodsgc.com

Crane’s Landing Golf Club (R) Lincolnshire, IL, 847-634-5935 www.craneslandinggolf.com

Cress Creek Country Club (PV) Naperville, IL, 630-355-7300 www.cresscreekcc.com

Crestview Golf Course (P)

Wheaton, IL, 630-665-2988

Kalamazoo, MI, 269-349-1111 www.crestviewgolfcourse.com

Westchester, IL, 630-214-9490 www.chicagohighlands.com

Traverse City, MI, 231-946-2975 www.golfthecrown.com

Chicago Highlands (PV)

Crystal Tree Golf & Country Club (PV)

Woodstock, IL, 815-338-3111 www.crystalwoodsgc.com

Bellaire, MI, 231-533-9000 www.golfthechief.com

Bonnie Dundee Golf Club (P)

Woodstock, IL, 815-337-4411 www.bullvalleygolfclub.com

Crystal Lake, IL, 815-459-1237 www.clcountryclub.com

The Chief Golf Course (P)

Morton Grove, IL, 847-965-5353 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Beverly Country Club (PV)

Carpentersville, IL, 847-426-5511 www.bonniedundeegc.com

Crystal Lake Country Club (PV)

Orland Park, IL, 708-403-3000 www.crystaltreecc.org

Angels Crossing Golf Club (P)

Chicago, IL, 708-636-8700 www.beverlycc.org

Lake In The Hills, IL, 847-659-1766

Chick Evans Golf Course (P)

Christmas Mountain Village Golf Resort (R)

Vicksburg, MI, 269-649-2700 www.golfangelscrossing.com

Crystal Highlands Golf Facility (P)

The Crown Golf Club (P)

Crystal Woods Golf Club (P) Dayton Ridge Golf Club (P) Ottawa, IL, 815-434-0145

Deer Creek Golf Club (P)

University Park, IL, 708-672-6667 www.deercreekgolfcourse.com

Deer Valley Country Club (P) Deer Grove, IL, 815-438-4653 www.dvforegolf.com

Deer Valley Golf Course (P) Big Rock, IL, 630-556-3333 www.deervalleygc.net

TPC Deere Run (SP) Silvis, IL, 309-796-6000 www.tpc.com/deererun

Deerfield Golf Club (P)

Riverwoods, IL, 847-945-8333 www.deerfieldgolf.org

Deerpath Golf Course (P) Lake Forest, IL, 847-615-4290 www.deerpathgolfcourse.com

The Den at Fox Creek (P) Bloomington, IL, 309-434-2300 www.thedengc.com

Devil’s Head Resort (R) Merrimac, WI, 800-472-6670 www.devilsheadresort.com

Discover Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI, 800-888-0509 www.discoverkalamazoo.com/golf

Douglas Park Learning Course & Mini Golf (P) Chicago, IL, 312-747-7670 www.cpdgolf.com

Downers Grove Golf Course (P) Downers Grove, IL, 630-963-1306 www.dgparks.org

Eagle Brook Country Club (PV) Geneva, IL, 630-208-4653 www.eaglebrookclub.com

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (R) Galena, IL, 800-892-2269 www.eagleridge.com

Eaglewood Resort & Spa (R) Itasca, IL, 877-285-6150 www.eaglewoodresort.com

Eastern Hills Golf Course (P) Kalamazoo, MI, 369-385-8175 www.kalamazoogolf.org

Edgebrook Country Club (SP) Sandwich, IL, 815-786-3058 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Edgebrook Golf Course (P) Chicago, IL, 773-763-8320 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Edgewood Valley CC (PV) La Grange, IL, 708-246-2800 www.edgewoodvalleycc.com

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Midwest Select Elgin Country Club (PV)

Gaylord Golf Mecca (P)

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (R)

Heritage Glen Golf Club (P)

Ironwood Golf Course (P)

Lake Park Golf Course (P)

Elmbrook Golf Course (P)

Geneva Golf Club (PV)

Grayslake Park Golf Course (P)

Hickory Hills CC (P)

Island Hills Golf Club (P)

Lake Shore Country Club (PV)

Erin Hills (P)

Geneva National Resort (R)

Graystone Golf Links (P)

Hickory Knoll Golf Course (P)

Itasca Country Club (PV)

Lake Zurich Golf Club (PV)

Great River Road Golf Club (P)

Hickory Point Golf Club (P)

Elgin, IL, 847-741-2707 www.elgincc.com

Traverse City, MI, 231-946-9180 www.elmbrookgolf.com Erin, WI, 262-670-8600 www.erinhills.com

Evanston Golf Club (PV) Skokie, IL, 847-676-0300 www.evanstongolfclub.org

Gaylord, MI, 800-345-8621 www.gaylordgolfmecca.com Geneva, IL, 630-232-2055 www.genevagc.com

Lake Geneva, WI , 262-245-7000 www.genevanationalresort.com

George W. Dunne National Golf Course (P)

Evergreen Golf Club (P)

Oak Forest, IL, 708-429-6886 www.forestpreservegolf.com/courses

Evergreen Park Country Club (P)

Glenview, IL, 847-724-7272 www.theglenclub.com

Acme, MI, 800-236-1577 www.grandtraverseresort.com Grayslake, IL, 847-548-4713 www.glpd.com

Tinley Park, IL, 708-720-6600 Nauvoo, IL, 800-233-0060 www.golfnauvoo.com

Green Acres Country Club (PV)

The Glen Club (SP)

Northbrook, IL, 847-291-2200 www.greenacrescountryclub.com

Evergreen Park, IL, 773-238-6680

Glen Flora Country Club (PV)

Frankfort, IL, 815-469-3350 www.greengardencc.com

Highland Park, IL, 847-432-3600 www.exmoorcountryclub.org

Glen Oak Country Club (PV)

Westmont, IL, 630-810-5330 www.dupagegolf.com

Flagg Creek Golf Course (P)

Glen View Club (PV)

Waukegan, IL, 847-360-4777 www.waukegangolf.org

Flossmoor Country Club (PV)

Glencoe Golf Club (P)

Marquette, MI, 906-225-0721 www.marquettegolfclub.com

Elkhorn, WI, 262-723-5722 www.evergreengolf.com

Exmoor Country Club (PV)

Waukegan, IL, 847-244-6300 www.glenfloracc.com

Chicago, IL, 312-616-1234

Glen Ellyn, IL, 630-469-5600 www.glenoakcountryclub.org

Countryside, IL, 708-246-3336 www.flaggcreekgolfcourse.org

Golf, IL, 847-729-6500 www.glenviewclub.com

Family Golf Center Illinois (P)

Flossmoor, IL, 708-798-4700 www.flossmoorcc.org

The Fort Golf Resort (R)

Indianapolis, IN, 317-543-9597 www.thefortgolfcourse.com

Foss Park Golf Course (P) North Chicago, IL, 847-689-7490 www.fossparkgolf.org

Fountain Hills Golf Club (P) Alsip, IL, 708-388-4653 www.fountainhillsgc.com

Four Winds Golf Club (P) Mundelein, IL, 847-566-8502

Fox Bend Golf Course (P) Oswego, IL, 630-554-3939 www.foxbendgolfcourse.com

Fox Lake Country Club (P) Fox Lake, IL, 847-587-6411 www.foxlakecc.net

Fox Run Golf Links (P)

Elk Grove Village, IL, 847-228-3544 www.foxrungolflinks.com

Fox Valley Golf Club (P)

North Aurora, IL, 630-879-1030 www.aurora-il.org

Foxford Hills Golf Club (P) Cary, IL, 847-639-0400 www.foxfordhillsgolfclub.com

Frankfort Square Park District Golf Course (P) Frankfort, IL, 815-469-1600 www.fspd.org/Square-Links-Golf-Course.asp

Glencoe, IL, 847-835-0250 www.glencoegolfclub.com

Glendale Lakes Golf Club (P) Glendale Heights, IL, 630-260-0018 www.glendalelakes.com

Glendarin Hills Golf Club (P) Angola, IN, 260-624-3550 www.glendarinhills.com

Gleneagles Country Club (P) Lemont, IL, 630-257-5466 www.golfgleneagles.com

Glenview National 9 GC (P) Glenview, IL, 847-657-1637 www.golfglenview.com

Glenview Park Golf Club (P) Glenview, IL, 847-724-0250 www.golfglenview.com

Glenwoodie Golf Club (P) Glenwood, IL, 708-758-1212 www.glenwoodiegolf.com

Golf Center Des Plaines (P) Des Plaines, IL, 847-803-4653 www.dpparks.org/golfcenter/

Golf Club of Coldwater (P) Coldwater, MI, 517-279-2100 www.golfclubofcoldwater.com

The Golf Club at Harbor Shores (R) Benton Harbor, MI, 269-927-4653 www.harborshoreslife.com

The Golf Club of Illinois (P) Algonquin, IL, 847-658-4400 www.golfclubofil.com

French Lick Resort (R)

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia (P)

Fresh Meadow Golf Club (P)

Golf Nation (PV)

French Lick, IN, 888-936-9360 www.frenchlick.com Hillside, IL, 708-449-3434 www.freshmeadowgc.com

Green Lake, WI, 800-529-4453 www.lawsonia.com Palatine, IL, 847-202-4653 www.golfnation.us

Fyre Lake National Golf Club (P)

Golf Vista Estates Golf Course (P)

Galena Golf Club (P)

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (R)

Sherrard, IL, 800-575-1394 www.fyrelakenational.com Galena, IL, 815-777-3599 www.galenagolf.webs.com

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Monee, IL, 708-534-8204 www.golfvistagolfclub.com

Lake Geneva, WI, 800-558-3417 www.grandgeneva.com

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Green Garden Country Club (P) Green Meadows Golf Course (P) Greenshire Golf Course (P) Greywalls (P)

Griffith Golf Center (P) Griffith, IN, 219-923-3223

The Grove (PV)

Long Grove, IL, 847-550-0983 www.thegrovecc.com

Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort (P) Augusta, MI, 269-731-4149 www.gulllakeview.com

Harborside International (P)

Paw Paw, MI, 269-657-2552 www.heritageglengolf.com

Hickory Hills, IL, 708-598-5900 www.hickoryhillscntryclub.com Lake Villa, IL, 847-356-8640

Forsyth, IL, 217-421-7444 www.decatur-parks.org/golf/index.php

Hickory Ridge Golf Course (P) Galesburg, MI, 269-382-6212 www.golfhickoryridge.com

High Point Golf Club (P) Essex, IL, 815-365-4000 www.golfhighpoint.com

Highland Park Country Club (P) Highland Park, IL, 847-433-9015 www.highlandparkcc.com

Highland Woods Golf Course (P) Hoffman Estates, IL, 847-359-5850 www.forestpreservegolf.com

The Highlands of Elgin (P) Elgin, IL, 847-931-5950 www.highlandsofelgin.com

Hilldale Golf Club (P)

Hoffman Estates, IL, 847-310-1100 www.hilldalegolf.com

Hinsdale Golf Club (PV)

Clarendon Hills, IL, 630-986-5330 www.hinsdalegolfclub.org

The House on the Rock Resort (R) Spring Green, WI, 608-588-7000 www.thehouseontherock.com

Hughes Creek Golf Club (P)

Normal, IL, 309-454-9620 www.golfironwood.org

Centreville, MI, 269-467-7261 www.islandhillsgolf.com Itasca, IL, 630-773-1800 www.itascacountryclub.com

Ivanhoe Club (PV)

Mundelein, IL, 847-970-3800 www.ivanhoeclub.com

Jackson Park Golf Club (P)

Chicago, IL, 773-667-0524 www.cpdgolf.com/courses/jackson-park

Joe Louis “The Champ” Golf Course (P)

Riverdale, IL, 708-849-1731 www.forestpreservegolf.com/courses

Des Plaines, IL, 847-391-5730 www.dpparks.org

Glencoe, IL, 847-835-3000 www.lakeshorecountryclub.com Lake Zurich, IL, 847-438-2431

Lake Lawn Resort (R) Delavan, WI, 262-725-9066 www.lakelawnresort.com

Lakemoor Golf Course (P) Lakemoor, IL, 815-759-0011 www.lakemoorgolfclub.com

Lakewoods Forest Ridges GC (P) Cable, WI, 800-255-5937 www.lakewoodsresort.com

The Leelanau Club (P)

Joliet Country Club (PV)

Bingham, MI, 231-271-2020 www.leelanauclub.com

Kampen Course (P)

Fox Lake, IL, 847-587-6795 www.leisurevillagefoxlake.com

Kankakee Country Club (P)

Libertyville, IL, 847-362-5733 www.libertyville.com/golfcourse

Joliet, IL, 815-723-9613 www.jolietcountryclub.com

West Lafayette, IN, 765-494-3139 www.purduegolf.com Kankakee, IL, 815-933-6615 www.kankakeecountryclub.com

Kankakee Elks Golf Club (P) St. Anne, IL, 815-937-9547 www.elksgolf627.com

Kemper Lakes Golf Course (PV) Long Grove, IL, 847-320-3450 www.kemperlakesgolf.com

Ken Loch Golf Links (P) Lombard, IL, 630-620-9665

Leisure Village Golf Course (PV) Libertyville Golf Course (P) Lick Creek Golf Course (P) Pekin, IL, 309-346-0077

Lincoln Oaks Golf Course (P) Crete, IL, 708-672-9401 www.lincolnoaksgolfcourse.com

Lincolnshire Country Club (PV) Crete, IL, 708-672-5090 www.lincolnshirecountryclub.com

Links & Tees Golf Facility (P)

Kishwaukee Country Club (PV)

Addison, IL, 630-458-2660 www.addisonparks.org

Richmond, IL, 815-678-7940

Klein Creek Golf Club (P)

Plainfield, IL, 815-886-2132 www.carillongolf.com

Harry Mussatto (WIU) (P)

Princeton, IL, 815-879-6531 www.huntersridgegc.com

Knollwood Club (PV)

Marion, IL, 618-997-5656 www.KokopelliGolf.com

Harry Semrow Driving Range (P)

Flossmoor, IL, 708-798-0514 www.idlewildcc.net

Kokopelli Golf Club (PV)

Williamsburg, MI, 231-938-9800 www.lochenheath.com

Hawk’s Eye Golf Resort (R)

Chicago, IL, 773-625-9630 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Lacoma Golf Club (P)

Lockport, IL, 815-838-8692

HawksHead Links (P)

Winnetka, IL, 847-251-1711 www.indianhillclub.org

Hawk’s View Golf Club (P)

Bloomingdale, IL, 630-529-6466 www.indianlakesresort.com

Chicago, IL, 312-782-7837 www.harborsideinternational.com

Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club (P) Attica, IN, 765-762-1135 www.harrisonhills.com

Macomb, IL, 309-298-3676 www.golf.wiu.edu

Des Plaines, IL, 847-296-5764 www.forestpreservegolf.com/courses Bellaire, MI, 866-868-8181 www.golfbellaire.com

South Haven, MI, 269-639-2121 www.hawksheadlinks.com Lake Geneva, WI, 877-429-5788 www.hawksviewgolfclub.com

Hawthorn Woods Country Club (PV)

Hawthorn Woods, IL, 847-847-3259 www.hwccgolf.com

Hayward Golf Club (P) Hayward, WI, 877-377-4653 www.haywardgolf.com

Heather Ridge Golf Course (P) Gurnee, IL, 847-367-6010 www.heatherridgegolf.com

Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Club (P) Channahon, IL, 815-467-7888 www.heritagebluffs.com

Elburn, IL, 630-365-9200 www.hughescreek.com

Hunter Country Club (P) Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course (P) Idlewild Country Club (PV) Indian Boundary Golf Course (P) Indian Hill Golf Club (PV) Indian Lakes Resort (R)

Indian Oaks Country Club (P) Shabbona, IL, 815-824-2202 www.indianoakscountryclub.com

DeKalb, IL, 815-758-6849 www.kishwaukeecc.org

Winfield, IL, 630-690-0101 www.kleincreek.com

Lake Forest, IL, 847-234-1600 www.knollwoodclub.org Marion, IL, 618-997-5656 www.kokopelligolf.com

East Dubuque, IL, 815-747-3874 www.lacomagolf.com

Lafayette Golf Course (P) Lafayette, IN, 765-458-4588 www.lafayette.in.gov/golf

LaGrange Country Club (PV) LaGrange, IL, 708-352-0066 www.lagrangecc.org

Lake Barrington Shores GC (PV)

Hobart, IN, 219-942-2577

Barrington, IL, 847-382-4240 www.lbsgolf.com

Scotts, MI, 269-327-1327 www.irgolfclub.com

Lake Bluff, IL, 847-234-6771 www.lakebluffgolfclub.com

Indian Ridge Country Club (P) Indian Run Golf Club (P)

Lake Bluff Golf Club (P)

Inverness Golf Club (PV)

Lake Doster Golf Club (P)

Inwood Golf Course (P)

Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club (P)

Palatine, IL, 847-359-0244 www.invernessgolfclub.org Joliet, IL, 815-741-7265 www.inwoodgc.com

Plainwell, MI, 269-685-5308 www.lakedostergolf.com

Benton Harbor, MI, 269-849-4653 www.lakemichiganhills.com

The Links at Carillon (P) The Links at Kokopelli (P) LochenHeath Golf Club (P) Lockport Golf & Recreation Club (PV) Longwood Country Club (P) Crete, IL, 708-758-1811

The Loon Golf Resort (R) Gaylord, MI, 989-732-4454 www.loongolfresort.com

Lost Marsh of Hammond (P) Hammond, IN, 219-932-4046 www.lostmarshgolf.com

Lost Nation Golf Club (P) Dixon, IL, 815-652-4212 www.lostnationgolf.com

Lynx Golf Course (P)

Otsego, MI, 888-586-5969 www.lynxgolfcourse.com

Makray Memorial Golf Club (P) Barrington, IL, 847-381-6500 www.makraygolf.com

Manistee National Golf & Resort (R) Manistee, MI, 231-398-0123 www.manisteenational.com

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Midwest Select Manitou Passage Golf Club (P)

Moss Creek Golf Club (P)

Old Top Farm Golf Course (P)

Plum Creek Country Club (P)

Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives (R)

Sandy Hollow Golf Course (P)

Manteno Golf Course (P)

Mt. Prospect Golf Club (P)

Old Wayne Golf Course (PV)

Plum Tree National Golf Club (P)

Rich Harvest Farms (PV)

Sandy Pines Golf Course (P)

Pottawatomie Golf Course (P)

Ridge Country Club (PV)

Schaumburg Golf Club (P)

Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club (P)

Ridgemoor Country Club (PV)

Scherwood Golf (P)

Prairie Isle Golf Club (P)

Ridgeview Golf Course (P)

Scovill Golf Club (P)

Prairie Lakes Resort (R)

River Bend Golf Course (P)

Senica Oak Ridge Golf Club (P)

River Forest Country Club (PV)

SentryWorld (P)

River Glen Country Club (P)

Settler’s Hill Golf Course (P)

Kalamazoo, MI, 269-343-3906

River Heights Golf Course (P)

Seven Bridges Golf Club (P)

Byron, IL, 815-234-4653 www.prairieviewgolf.com

River Oaks Golf Course (P)

Shady Oaks Country Club (P)

River Pointe Country Club (P)

Shamrock Golf Course (P)

Riverside Golf Club (PV)

Shanty Creek Resorts (R)

Rob Roy Golf Course (P)

Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course (P)

Robert A. Black Golf Club (P)

Shiloh Park Golf Course (P)

Rockford Country Club (PV)

Shoreacres (PV)

Rolling Green Country Club (PV)

Silver Lake Country Club (P)

Royal Fox Country Club (PV)

Silver Oaks Golf Club (PV)

Royal Hawk Country Club (PV)

Silver Ridge Golf Course (P)

Cedar, MI, 231-228-6000 www.manitoupassagegolfclub.com Manteno, IL, 815-468-8827 www.mantenogolf.com

Maple Hills Golf Course (P) Augusta, MI, 269-731-4430

Maple Meadows Golf Club (P) Wood Dale, IL, 630-616-8424 www.dupagegolf.com

Marengo Ridge Golf Club (P) Marengo, IL, 815-923-2332 www.marengoridgegolfclub.com

Marquette Park Learning Center (P) Chicago, IL, 312-747-2761 www.cpdgolf.com/courses/marquette-park

Marywood Golf Club (P) Battle Creek, MI, 269-968-1168 www.marywoodgolf.com

Winamac, IL, 574-595-3142 www.golfmosscreek.com

Mt. Prospect, IL, 847-259-4200 www.mppd.org/facility/golf

Naperbrook Golf Course (P) Plainfield, IL, 630-378-4215 www.naperbrookgolfcourse.org

Naperville Country Club (PV) Naperville, IL, 630-355-0747 www.napervillecc.org

Nettle Creek Country Club (P) Morris, IL, 815-941-4300 www.nettlecreek.com

Nickol Knoll Golf Course (P) Arlington Heights, IL, 847-590-6050 www.ahpd.org/nkgc

Nippersink Country Club & Lodge (SP)

East Chicago, IN, 219-391-8362

Genoa City, WI, 262-279-6311 www.nippersinkresort.com

McHenry, IL, 815-385-3435 www.mchenrycc.net

Glenview, IL, 847-729-1200 www.north-shorecc.org

McArthur Golf Course (P)

Crystal Lake, IL, 815-479-9361 www.oldtopfarm.com

West Chicago, IL, 630-231-1350

Olde Mill Golf Club (P)

Schoolcraft, MI, 269-679-5625 www.oldemillgolfclub.com

Olympia Fields Country Club (PV) Olympia Fields, IL, 708-748-0495 www.ofcc.info

Onwentsia Club (PV)

Lake Forest, IL, 847-234-0120 www.onwentsiaclub.com

Orchard Valley Golf Course (P) Aurora, IL, 630-907-0500 www.orchardvalleygolf.com

Otsego Club (R)

Gaylord, MI, 800-752-5510 www.otsegoclub.com

Otter Creek Golf Course (P)

McHenry Country Club (PV)

North Shore Country Club (PV)

Columbus, IN, 812-579-5227 www.ottercreekgolf.com

Meadowlark Golf Course (P)

Northmoor Country Club (PV)

Palatine, IL, 847-359-4020 www.palatinehills.org

Meadows Golf Club (P)

Northwood Golf Club (P)

St. John, IN, 219-365-4331 www.palmiragolf.com

The Medalist Golf Club (P)

Oak Brook Golf Club (P)

Orland Park, IL, 708-448-6063 www.paloscountryclub.com

Medinah Country Club (PV)

Oak Club of Genoa (P)

Palos Hills, IL, 708-599-0202 www.paloshillsweb.org

The Merit Club (PV)

Oak Grove Golf Course (P)

Freeport, IL, 815-235-3611 www.golfparkhills.com

Mid-Iron Golf Club (P)

Oak Hills Country Club (SP)

Park Ridge, IL, 847-823-0410 www.parkridgecc.org

Oak Meadows Golf Course (P)

Evanston, IL, 847-475-9173 www.peterjansgolf.org

Oak Park Country Club (PV)

St. Charles, IL, 630-584-4914 www.pheasantrun.com

Hinsdale, IL, 708-562-2977 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Blue Island, IL, 708-385-1994 www.meadowsgc.com Marshall, MI, 269-789-4653 www.themedalist.com Medinah, IL, 630-773-1700 www.medinahcc.org

Libertyville, IL, 847-918-8800 www.meritclub.org Lemont, IL, 630-257-3340

Midlane Golf Resort and Suites (R) Wadsworth, IL, 847-360-0550 www.midlaneresort.com

Midlothian Country Club (PV) Midlothian, IL, 708-371-2626 www.midlothiancc.org

Milham Park Golf Course (P) Kalamazoo, MI, 269-344-7639 www.kalamazoogolf.org

Mill Creek Golf Club (P) Geneva, IL, 630-208-7272 www.millcreekgolfcourse.com

Minne Monesse Golf Club (SP) Grant Park, IL, 815-465-6653 www.minnemonesse.com

Mission Hills Country Club (PV) Northbrook, IL, 847-498-3200 www.missionhillsclub.com

Mistwood Golf Club (P) Romeoville, IL, 815-254-3333 www.mistwoodgc.com

Morningstar Golfers Club (P) Waukesha, WI, 262-662-1600 www.golfthestar.com

Morris Country Club (PV) Morris, IL, 815-942-3628 www.morriscountryclub.com

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Highland Park, IL, 847-432-6092 www.northmoor.org Rhinelander, WI, 715-282-6565 www.northwoodgolfclub.com Oak Brook, IL, 630-368-6400 www.oak-brook.org Genoa, IL, 815-784-5678 www.oakclubgenoa.com

Harvard, IL, 815-648-2550 www.oakgrovegolfcourse.com

Palos Heights, IL, 708-448-5544 www.oakhills.com Addison, IL, 630-595-0071 www.dupagegolf.com

Oak Park, IL, 708-453-5554 www.oakparkcountryclub.com

Oak Springs Golf Course (P) St. Anne, IL, 815-937-1648 www.oakspringsgolf.com

Oak Terrace Resort (P) Pana, IL, 800-577-7598 www.oakterraceresort.com

The Oaks Golf Course (P)

Cottage Grove, WI, 608-837-4774 www.golftheoaks.com

Odyssey Country Club (P) Tinley Park, IL, 708-429-7400 www.odysseycountryclub.com

Old Elm Club (PV)

Fort Sheridan, IL, 847-432-6272 www.oldelmclub.com

Old Oak Country Club (P) Homer Glen, IL, 708-301-3344 www.oldoakcc.com

Old Orchard Country Club (P) Mt. Prospect, IL, 847-255-2025 www.oldorchardcc.com

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Palatine Hills Golf Course (P) Palmira Golf Club (P) Palos Country Club (P)

Palos Hills Golf Club (P) Park Hills Golf Course (P) Park Ridge Country Club (PV) Peter Jans Golf Course (P) Pheasant Run Resort (R) Pheasant Valley Country Club (P)

Carmel, IN, 317-573-9900 www.plumcreekgolfclub.com Harvard, IL, 815-943-7474 www.plumtreegolf.com

St. Charles, IL, 630-584-8356 www.pottawatomiegc.com Crest Hill, IL, 815-836-4653 www.prairiebluffgc.com

Prairie Grove, IL, 815-356-0202 www.prairieisle.com Marseilles, IL, 815-795-5107

Prairie Landing Golf Club (P) West Chicago, IL, 630-208-7600 www.prairielanding.com

Prairie View Golf Club (P) Carmel, IN, 317-816-3100 www.prairieviewgc.com

The Prairies Golf Club (P) PrairieView Golf Course (P) Prairie Vista Golf Course (P) Bloomington, IL, 309-434-2217 www.prairievistagc.com

Prestwick Country Club (PV) Frankfort, 815-469-2136 www.prestwickcc.com

Purgatory Golf Club (P) Noblesville, IN, 317-776-4653 www.purgatorygolf.com

Quail Ridge Golf Club (P) Ada, MI, 616-676-2000 www.quailridgegc.com

Rail Golf Course (P)

Springfield, IL, 217-525-0365 www.railgolf.com

Randall Oaks Golf Club (P) West Dundee, IL, 847-428-5661 www.randalloaksgc.com

The Ravines (P)

Crown Point, IN , 219-663-5000

West Lafayette, IN, 765-497-7888 www.ravinesgolf.com

Aurora, IL, 630-256-3760 www.aurora-il.org/parksandrecreation

Saugatuck, MI, 269-857-1616 www.ravinesgolfclub.com

Phillips Park Golf Course (P)

Ravines Golf Club (P)

Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club (P)

Ravinia Green Country Club (PV)

Pierson, MI, 888-533-7742 www.pilgrimsrun.com

Pine Hills Golf Club (P) Ottawa, IL, 815-434-3985 www.pinehillsgc.com

Pine Lakes Golf Club (P) Herrin, IL, 618-942-6816 www.PineLakes18.com

Pine Meadow Golf Club (P) Mundelein, IL, 847-566-4653 www.pinemeadowgc.com

Pinecrest Golf & Country Club (P) Huntley, IL, 847-669-3111 www.pinecrestgc.com

Pistakee Country Club (P) McHenry, IL, 815-385-9854

Deerfield, IL, 847-945-6200 www.raviniagreen.com

Ravisloe Country Club (P) Homewood, IL, 708-798-5600 www.ravisloecountryclub.com

Red Arrow Golf Course (P) Kalamazoo, MI, 269-345-8329 www.kalamazoogolf.org

Red Tail Run Golf Club (P) Decatur, IL, 217-422-2211 www.redtailrun.org

RedTail Golf Club (P)

Village of Lakewood, IL, 815-477-0055 www.redtailgolf.com

Renwood Golf Course (P)

Round Lake Beach, IL, 847-231-4711 www.renwoodgolf.com

Stanwood, MI, 800-972-4837 www.tullymoregolf.com

Sugar Grove, IL, 630-466-7610 www.richharvestfarms.com Chicago, IL, 773-238-9400 www.ridgecc.org Chicago, IL, 708-867-8400 www.ridgemoorcc.com

Kalamazoo, MI, 269-375-8821 www.ridgeviewgolf.com Lisle, IL, 630-968-1920 www.riverbendgolfclub.org

Elmhurst, IL, 630-279-5444 www.riverforestcc.org Fishers, IN, 317-849-8274 www.riverglencc.com DeKalb, IL, 815-758-1550 www.riverheightsgc.com

Calumet City, IL, 708-868-4090 www.forestpreservegolf.com/courses Hobart, IN, 219-942-2747 www.riverpointecc.net

North Riverside, IL, 708-447-8152 www.rgc.org Prospect Heights, IL, 847-253-4544 www.rtpd.org/golf Chicago, IL, 312-742-7931 www.cpdgolf.com/courses

Rockford, IL, 815-962-0948 www.rockfordcc.com

Arlington Heights, IL, 847-253-0400 www.rollinggreen.org St. Charles, IL, 630-584-4000 www.royalfoxcc.com St. Charles, IL, 630-443-3500 www.royalfoxcc.com

Royal Melbourne Country Club (PV) Long Grove, IL, 847-913-8380 www.royalmelbourne.net

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club (P) Lemont, IL, 630-257-1000 www.ruffledfeathersgc.com

Rockford, IL, 815-987-8888 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org

DeMotte, IN, 219-987-3611 www.sandypinesgc.com

Schaumburg, IL, 847-885-9000 www.schaumburggolf.com Schererville, IN, 219-865-2554 www.scherwood.com

Decatur, IL, 217-429-6243 www.decatur-parks.org/golf/index.php LaSalle, IL, 815-223-7273 www.senicasoakridge.net

Stevens Point, WI, 866-479-6753 www.sentryworld.com Batavia, IL, 630-232-1636 www.settlershill.com

Woodridge, IL, 630-964-7777 www.sevenbridges.com Amboy, IL, 815-849-5424 www.shadyoakscc.com

St. Anne, IL, 815-937-9355 www.golfshamrock.com

Bellaire, MI, 231-533-8621 www.shantycreek.com Zion, IL, 847-872-2080 www.shepherdscrook.org Zion, IL, 847-746-5500 www.shilohparkgolf.com

Lake Bluff, IL, 847-234-1472 www.shoreacres1916.com Orland Park, IL, 708-349-6940 www.silverlakecc.com Braidwood, IL, 815-458-2068 www.braidwoodrecclub.com Oregon, IL, 815-734-4440

Skokie Country Club (PV) Glencoe, IL, 847-835-5835 www.skokiecc.com

South Gleason Park Golf Course (P) Gary, IN, 219-980-1089

South Shore Country Club (P)

Ruth Lake Country Club (PV)

Cedar Lake, IN , 219-374-6070 www.southshorecc.com

Salt Creek Golf Club (P)

Momence, IL, 815-472-4407 www.ssgcm.com

The Sanctuary Golf Course (P)

Chicago, IL, 773-256-0986 www.cpdgolf.com/courses

Hinsdale, IL, 630-986-2060 www.ruthlakecc.org

Wood Dale, IL, 630-773-0184 www.saltcreekgolfclub.com New Lenox, IL, 815-462-4653 www.golfsanctuary.com

South Shore Golf Club (P) South Shore Golf Course (P) Spider Lake Golf Resort (R) Hayward, WI, 715-462-3200 www.spiderlakegolfresort.com

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MIDWEST SELECT COURSES

Midwest Select

Spirit Hollow Golf Course (R)

Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course (P)

University Ridge (P)

Whitetail Ridge Golf Club (P)

Willowhill Golf Course (P)

Woodbine Golf Course (P)

Spooner Golf Club (P)

Tagalong Golf Resort (R)

Valley Green Golf Course (P)

Whittaker Woods Golf Club (R)

Wilmette Golf Club (P)

Woodruff Golf Course (P)

Sportsman’s Country Club (P)

Tahkodah Hills Golf Course (P)

Valley-Lo Sports Club (PV)

Wicker Park Golf Club (P)

Wing Park Golf Course (P)

Woodstock Country Club (PV)

Wild Rock Golf Club (R)

Winnetka Golf Club (P)

Wynstone Golf Club (PV)

Willow Crest Golf Club at Oak Brook Hills Marriott (R)

Wolf Run Golf Course (P)

Yarrow Golf & Conference Center (R)

Wood Wind Golf Club (P)

Zigfield Troy Golf (P)

Burlington, IA, 319-752-0004 www.spirithollowgolfcourse.com Spooner, WI, 715-635-3580 www.spoonergolf.com Northbrook, IL, 847-291-2351 www.sportsmansgolf.com

Springbrook Golf Course (P) Naperville, IL, 630-848-5060 www.springbrookgolfcourse.org

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club (P) West Chicago, IL, 630-231-3100 www.standrewsgc.com

St. Charles Country Club (PV) St. Charles, IL, 630-377-9340 www.stcharlescc.com

St. Ives Golf Club (R)

Stanwood, MI, 800-972-4837 www.tullymoregolf.com

Stardust Golf and Country Club (P)

Chicago, IL, 312-742-7930 www.cpdgolf.com/courses

Birchwood, WI, 800-657-4843 www.tagalonggolf.com Cable, WI, 715-798-3760

Tam O’Shanter Golf Course (P) Niles, IL, 847-965-2344 www.niles-parks.org

Tamarack Golf Club (P) Naperville, IL, 630-904-4000 www.tamarackgc.com

Tanna Farms Golf Club (P) Geneva, IL, 630-232-4300 www.tannafarms.com

Telemark Golf Course (P) Cable, WI, 715-798-3104 www.telemarkgolfcourse.com

Terrace Hill Country Club (PV)

Johnston City, IL, 618-527-4122

Algonquin, IL, 847-658-4653 www.terracehillgolf.com

Mundelein, IL, 847-949-8900 www.mundeleinparks.org

Kalamazoo, MI, 269-344-0040 www.thornapplecreek.com

Steeple Chase Golf Club (P) Stone Creek Golf Club (P) Urbana, IL, 217-367-3000 www.stonecreekgolfclub.com

Thornapple Creek Golf Club (P) ThunderHawk Golf Club (P) Beach Park, IL, 847-968-4295 www.lcfpd.org/thunderhawk

Stonebridge Country Club (PV)

Timber Pointe Golf Club (P)

Stonehenge Golf Club (PV)

Timber Ridge Golf Club (P)

Aurora, IL, 630-820-8887 www.stonebridge-cc.org

Barrington IL, 847-381-8600 www.stonehengegolfclub.com

Poplar Grove, IL, 815-544-1935 www.golfthepointe.com Minocqua, WI, 715-356-9502 www.timberridgegolfclub.com

Stonewall Orchard Golf Club (P)

TimberStone at Pine Mountain (R)

Stony Creek Golf Course (P)

TPC Deere Run (SP)

Grayslake, IL, 847-740-4890 www.stonewallorchard.com

Oak Lawn, IL, 708-857-2433 www.golfstonycreek.com

Iron Mountain, MI, 906-776-0111 www.pinemountainresort.com Silvis, IL, 309-796-6000 www.tpc.com/deererun

Storybrook Country Club (P)

Traditions at Chevy Chase (P)

Streamwood Oaks Golf Club (P)

Trappers Turn Golf Club (P)

Hanover, IL, 815-591-2210 www.storybrook.com

Streamwood, IL, 630-483-1881 www.streamwood.org

Wheeling, IL, 847-465-2300 www.chevychasecountryclub.com

Wisconsin Dells, WI, 800-221-8876 www.trappersturn.com

Sugar Creek Golf Course (P)

Tuckaway Golf Club (P)

Summertree Golf Course (P)

Tullymore Golf Club (R)

Villa Park, IL, 630-834-3325 www.sugarcreekgolfcourse.org

Crown Point, IN, 219-663-0800

Sunset Ridge Country Club (PV)

Crete, IL, 708-946-2259 www.tuckawaygc.com

Stanwood, MI, 800-972-4837 www.tullymoregolf.com

Verona, WI, 608-845-7700 www.universityridge.com North Aurora, IL, 630-897-3000 www.valleygreengc.com Glenview, IL, 847-729-5550 www.valleylo.org

Vernon Hills Golf Course (P) Vernon Hills, IL, 847-680-9310 www.vernonhillsgolf.com

Villa Olivia Country Club (P) Bartlett, IL, 630-289-1000 www.villaolivia.com

Yorkville, IL, 630-882-8988 www.whitetailridgegolfclub.com

New Buffalo, MI, 269-469-3400 www.golfwhittaker.com Highland, IN, 219-838-9809 www.wickermemorialpark.com

Wisconsin Dells, WI, 608-253-4653 www.wildrockgolf.com

Village Green Golf Course (P)

Oak Brook, IL, 630-850-5530 www.willowcrestgolf.com

Village Greens of Woodridge (P)

Great Lakes, IL, 847-688-4593 www.mwrgl.com/default.htm

Village Links of Glen Ellyn (P)

Mokena, IL, 815-485-2119 www.willowrungolf.net

Mundelein, IL, 847-566-7373 www.villagegreengc.com

Woodridge, IL, 630-985-3610 www.villagegreensgolf.com Glen Ellyn, IL, 630-469-8180 www.villagelinksgolf.com

Visit Green Lake

Willow Glen Golf Club (P) Willow Run Golf Course (P)

Bartlett Golf Center

Water’s Edge Golf Club (P) Worth, IL, 708-671-1032 www.watersedgegolf.com

WeaverRidge Golf Club (P) Peoria, IL, 309-691-3344 www.weaverridge.com

Weber Park Golf Course (P)

Skokie, IL, 847-674-1500 ext. 3600 www.skokieparks.org

Wedgewood Golf Course (P) Plainfield, IL, 815-741-7270 www.wedgewoodgc.com

Western Acres Golf Course (P) Lombard, IL, 630-469-6768 www.westernacres.com

Westmoreland Country Club (PV)

Long Grove, IL, 847-634-3363

Birdies & Eagles

Green Valley Golf Range

Gilberts, IL, 847-697-5000

Itasca, IL, 630-773-7997

South Elgin, IL, 847-931-2233

Hanover Park, IL, 630-289-6600 www.greenvalleygolfrange.com

Gurnee, IL, 847-549-6090

Greyslake Golf Practice Center

Bobby’s Hunt Club Golf Center Boulder Golf Range

Hoffman Estates, IL, 847-426-1588 www.boulderrange.com

Bushwood Golf Practice Center Maywood, IL, 708-344-2700 www.bushwooddrivingrange.com

Chicago Family Golf Center Chicago, 312-616-1234

Chicagoland Golf Academy Chicago, IL, 312-285-4673 www.chicagolandgolfacademy.com

Whisper Creek Golf Club (P)

Ditka’s Sports Dome

Crystal Lake, IL, 815-479-9150

Bolingbrook, IL, 630-739-7600 www.ditkasportsdome.com

White Deer Run Golf Club (P)

Diversey Driving Range

Twin Lakes Golf Club (P)

White Eagle Golf Club (PV)

Double Eagle Practice Center

White Hawk Country Club (P)

Douglas Park Learning Course and Miniature Golf (P)

Twin Lakes Recreation Area (P) Palatine, IL, 847-934-6050 www.saltcreekpd.com

Harris, MI, 906-723-2251 www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com

Long Grove, IL, 847-634-3800 www.twinorchardcc.org

Sweetgrass Golf Club (R) Sycamore Golf Club (P) Sycamore, IL, 815-895-3884 www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

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Twin Orchard Country Club (PV) University Golf Club (P)

University Park, IL, 708-747-0306 www.universitygolfclub.com

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Naperville, IL, 630-983-6836 www.whiteeaglegc.com

Crown Point, IN, 219-661-2323 www.whitehawkcountryclub.com

White Mountain Golf Course (P) Tinley Park, IL, 708-478-4653 www.whitemountaingolfpark.com

White Pines Golf Club (P) Bensenville, IL, 630-766-0304 www.whitepinesgolf.com

Wauconda, IL, 847-526-4000 www.golf-farm.com

Golf Learning Center at Hamilton Lakes

Crystal Lake Learning Center

Vernon Hills, IL, 847-680-6100 www.whitedeergolf.com

Des Plaines, IL, 847-803-4653 www.golfcenterdesplaines.com

Better Shots

Bartlett, IL, 630-830-9385

Wilmette, IL, 847-251-4600 www.westmorelandcc.org

Crystal Lake, IL, 815-459-3356 www.turnberrycc.com

Woodstock, IL, 815-338-5355 www.woodstockcc.com

North Barrington, IL, 847-304-2810 www.wynstone.org Augusta, MI, 800-563-4397 www.yarrowgolf.com

Woodridge, IL, 630-985-9860 www.zigfieldtroygolf.com

Stockton, IL, 815-858-3939 www.woodbinebend.com

Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame (P)

South Bend, IN, 574-631-4653 www.warrengolfcourse.com

Joliet, IL, 815-741-7272 www.woodruffgc.com

Woodbine Bend Golf Course (PV)

Golf Farm

Merrillville, IN, 219-980-5170

Belvidere, IL, 815-547-3232

Westfield, IN, 317-669-8550 www.woodwindgolf.com

BallyBunion

Turnberry Country Club (PV)

Swanhills Golf Course (P)

Aurora, IL, 630-906-1402 www.wolfrungolfcourse.net

Schaumburg, IL, 847-490-7878 www.walnutgreensgolf.com

Walnut Greens Golf Course (P)

Huntley, IL, 847-515-7682 www.whispercreekgolf.com

Westmont, IL, 630-852-7167

Winnetka, IL, 847-501-2050 www.winnetkagolfclub.com

Golf Center Des Plaines

Addison, IL, 630-458-2660 www.addisonparks.org

Sunset Valley Golf Course (P)

Plymouth, IN, 800-582-7539 www.swanlakeresort.com

Elgin, IL, 847-931-5952 www.cityofelgin.org

Homer Glen, IL, 708-301-1252 www.woodbinegolf.com

Chicagoland Practice Facilities

Turkey Creek Golf Club (P)

Swan Lake Resort (R)

Wilmette, IL, 847-256-9646 www.golfwilmette.com

Addison Links & Tees Golf Facility (P)

Green Lake, WI, 800-253-7354 www.visitgreenlake.com

Northfield, IL, 847-446-5222 www.sunsetridgecc.org

Highland Park, IL, 847-432-7140 www.sunsetvalleygolfcourse.org

Northbrook, IL, 847-480-7888 www.willowhillgolfcourse.com

Chicago, IL, 312-742-7929 www.cpdgolf.com/courses Justice, IL, 708-458-9200

Chicago, IL, 312-747-7670 www.cpdgolf.com/courses/douglas-park

Flagg Creek

Countryside, IL, 708-246-3336 www.flaggcreekgolfcourse.org

Fresh Meadow Learning Center (P) Hillside, IL, 708-449-6767 www.freshmeadowgc.com

Parfection Park Golf Center Yorkville, IL, 630-553-6855

Partner Golf Center

Chicago, IL, 773-286-2060 www.partnergolfcenter.com

PGN Fun Village

Hickory Hills, IL, 708-430-7900 www.hickoryhillsresortinfo.com

Pro Circle

Spring Grove, IL, 815-675-2747 www.procirclegolf.com

Riedy’s Tee Time

Grayslake, IL, 847-752-8483

Lisle, IL, 866-587-3122 www.riedysteetime.com

Des Plaines, IL, 847-296-5764 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Skokie, IL, 847-674-1500 ext. 3100 www.skokieparks.org

Harry Semrow Driving Range

Skokie Sports Park

Highland Park Learning Center

Sugar Grove Driving Range

Joe Louis Driving Range

Sunset Meadows

The Driving Range at Libertyville Sports Complex

T-Time Golf Range

Highland Park, IL, 847-433-3422 www.highlandparkillinois.net Riverdale, IL, 708-849-1731 www.forestpreservegolf.com

Libertyville, IL, 847-367-1506 www.libertyvillesportscomplex.com

Links & Tees Golf Facility Addison, IL, 630-458-2660 www.addisonparks.org

Lippold Park Family Golf Center Crystal Lake, IL, 815-477-5401 www.crystallakeparks.org

Marquette Park Learning Center (P) Chicago, IL, 312-747-2761 www.cpdgolf.com

Master Golf

Grayslake, IL, 847-223-6886 www.mastergolfonline.com

Sugar Grove, IL, 630-466-4554 www.sugargrovefuncenter.com

Arlington Heights, IL, 847-394-5865 www.ahpd.org/algc Homer Glen, IL, 708-301-6500 www.ttimegolfrange.com

TopGolf

Wood Dale, IL, 630-595-4653 www.topgolf.com

The Players Club of Chicago Justice, IL, 708-924-9889 www.tpcchicago.com

Village of Bridgeview Sports Dome Bridgeview, IL, 708-924-8290 www.villageofbridgeview.com

Westland Golf

Huntley, IL, 847-669-0204

Woodland Trails

Fresh Meadow Learning Center

Mt. Prospect, IL, 847-296-4653 www.rtpd.org

Oakton Driving Range

Woodridge, IL, 630-985-9860 www.zigfieldtroygolf.com

Hillside, IL, 708-449-6767 www.freshmeadowgc.com

Park Ridge, IL, 847-692-3580 www.parkridgeparkdistrict.com

Zigfield Troy Golf (P)

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The Back Nine

Making the Turn

The Joys of Twilight Golf — by Danny Freels

F

or a very long time, I didn’t just poo-poo the idea that a recreational golfer like me could “buy” a golf game, I ridiculed it. Watching TV commercials or reading magazine ads that spouted the amazing yards and straightness that could be obtained by this driver or that set of irons made me shake my head at the silliness of anybody who succumbed to this hyperbole and went out and bought any of the stuff that was being “sold” to them. In my smugness, I believed the golfers who did that were simply suckers. Me? I was much too smart for that. Then a funny thing happened: I got old. About eight years ago, I realized that I wasn’t having much fun because I was struggling to reach greens in regulation. And this was from the white tees. OK, I thought, I can’t hit it as far as I used to. No problem. I decided I would play from the senior tees. But, dumb and stubborn as I was, not on every hole — just on the holes I couldn’t reach. For a year or so it worked and I enjoyed golf again. Eventually, though, the holes I was still playing from the white tees got harder and impossible to reach. On top of that, the holes that I was playing from the senior tees I was not eating up; they were still very challenging and more often than not I lost. My decision to utilize all of the senior tees was not a hard one. I still wanted to play. And if I 112

wanted to enjoy myself, it was the right thing to do. But then another funny thing happened: I got older! Now what? One day while walking around my local golf shop, I took a peek in the used club bins. To my surprise, I found a marked-down driver that was four or five years newer than the one I had been using and also had some of the new technological features that the companies were constantly touting. I tried it out, hit it great and bought it. I didn’t hit it any further than my previous driver but it made me feel like I was. Not long after, I popped for a used set of irons that were much newer than mine. Great shape, great price, and — when I hit them correctly — they made me feel as if I was 20 years younger. Hmm. Last fall, a few days before a milestone birthday, a long cardboard box showed up on my porch. On the side were the words “2nd Swing.” Inside was a used Titleist 915 D-2 driver that my daughters had bought me. After adjusting it to my specs, I was amazed at the height and straightness of my new tee shots. They didn’t go far but they sure were pretty. Now that winter has arrived, I’ve been thinking a lot about spring. And from time to time, I stop by my local golf shop. Just to take a peek in the used-club bins. Danny Freels is a longtime golf writer, editor, and (semi) happy hacker. Follow his love/hate relationship with golf in Golftime Midwest.

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